Posts Tagged ‘Jabhat Al Nusrah’

Hey! We changed our name! That counts!!!

Back in December 2012, Jolani’s group, known then as Jabhat al-Nusra, was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. Jolani, a Syrian national, was named a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” in May 2013. The State Department cited the group’s “violent, sectarian vision” and said Jolani’s “ultimate goal is the overthrow of the Syrian regime and the institution of Islamist sharia law throughout the country,” adding that suicide attacks carried out by his group “killed innocent Syrian civilians.”

Three years later, Jolani sought to publicly distance his group from Al Qaeda and renamed it Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. A merger with other Syrian Islamist rebel factions in January 2017 formed the group known as HTS, as it exists today.

James Jeffrey, who served as a U.S. ambassador under both Republican and Democrat administrations and most recently as special representative for Syria engagement and special envoy to the global coalition to defeat ISIS during the Trump administration, told Smith that Jolani’s organization was “an asset” to America’s strategy in Idlib.

Like his partner in crime, Barack Obama, Joe Biden is an international terrorist. This is how terrorism expands and persists globally. Thanks, America.

Syrian Militant and Former Al Qaeda Leader Seeks Wider Acceptance in First Interview With U.S. Journalist

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Al Qaeda in Syria now called  Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.
What’s In A Name? U.S. Takes Syria’s Al-Qaeda Off Terror Watchlists

As CBC noted, “For the U.S. to designate HTS now would mean acknowledging that it supplied sophisticated weapons, including TOW anti-tank missiles, to ‘terrorists,’ and draw attention to the fact that the U.S. continues to arm Islamist militias in Syria.”

This is just the latest attempt by al-Nusra to rebrand itself as a “moderate” group, as it has used its commitment to being “anti-ISIS” and “anti-Assad” in order to convince the U.S. and its allies to arm them. Al-Nusra has been described by mainstream media as a “moderate opposition” group fighting against the embattled government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

 

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‘Americans are on our side’: Al-Nusra commander says US arming jihadists via 3rd countries

 

US weapons are being delivered to Jabhat Al-Nusra by governments that Washington supports, a militant commander told the German media, adding that American instructors were in Syria to teach how to use the new equipment.

 

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Why ISIS Exists: The Double Game

 

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Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda is greater threat than ISIS, report claims

The corporate propaganda has substituted “ISIS” or “ISIL” for the problem. The logic goes that the war is “on ISIS,” and not much is ever heard these days about Jabhat Al Nusrah, or “Al Qaeda in Syria.” These are potential international terrorists, and this new think tank piece says it’s the Big One…

 

“Its defeat and destruction must be one of the highest priorities of any strategy to defend the United States and Europe from Al-Qaeda attacks,” it states, adding that the group has “weakened the moderate opposition and penetrated other Sunni opposition groups in Syria” and is therefore“poised to benefit” from the destruction of IS and the fall or transition of the Assad government.

The report states that Jabhat al-Nusra doesn’t suffer from the same“vulnerabilities” as IS because it attempts to befriend people instead of forcing them under its rule. The document says the group supplies partners with “advanced military capabilities” in an effort to encourage attacks on Western countries.