Friday, April 19, 2013

Jabhat al Nusra repackaged

 "... The leader of the primary U.S.-backed Syrian opposition group, who criticized the United States last year for designating the rebel Nusra Front a terrorist organization linked to al Qaida, now is urging Nusra’s fighters to break ties with al Qaida.... Khatib appeared to be trying to show with his speech that he was taking on the issue of Islamist extremism within the rebel movement, from which Nusra and other radical factions are drawing a growing number of recruits.In December, shortly after the U.S. announced that it considered Nusra another name for the group al Qaida in Iraq, Khatib seemed to endorse the group. “The logic under which we consider one of the parts that fights against the Assad regime as a terrorist organization is a logic one must reconsider,” Khatib said in Marrakesh, Morocco...."

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