Though lots of people scoffed when the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat Al-Nusra, rebranded itself Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham, that cosmetic change was obviously adequate to convince the United States government to start sending them arms.
In the current push by rebels in the city of Aleppo, Al-Nusra/Al-Sham took a leading role and was supposedly among the rebels groups who got United States weapons. Those weapons will initially be utilized to eliminate Syrian federal government troops and after that, well, who knows?
Many, if not most, of the rebel groups combating the Syrian government are jihadist and few have any severe objection to Al-Nusra participating in their operations, particularly considered that Al-Nusra has shown to be one of the most effective groups on the battleground. If Al-Sham and fellow Sunni jihadists prevail over Syrian government forces, a genocide will likely start against religious minorities in Syria, starting with the Alawites and proceeding to other Shiites.
From the Atlantic Council:
" Fateh al-Sham's assistance extends beyond the immediate political and military opposition. Roshd Virtual University in Istanbul, Turkey provided 100 scholarships to the kids of the fighters who took part in Aleppo's fight. The opposition's desperation to change the balance of power in Syria has actually made them embrace Fateh al-Sham and turn a blind eye to the fact that it was up until just recently the Nusra Front, an internationally designated terrorist group with ties to al-Qaeda.
" According the Syria analyst Charles Lister, there is a considerable subsection of the Syrian opposition that does not oppose Fateh al-Sham's involvement in Aleppo associated military operations. Moreover, Lister said that opposition forces fighting in Aleppo got for the first time American weapons that are normally designated for forces battling the Islamic State (ISIS). The opposition's takeaway is that the United States does not object to maintaining the balance on the ground with the Syrian routine, even if doing so indirectly strengthens Fateh al-Sham."
While it would be a mistake to say this is the very first time the US gave support to Al Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria, it is a cute sensational variation from earlier insurance claims from US authorities that helping Al Qaeda and ISIS was entirely off limitations. Now the US is equipping them in one of the most important battlefields of the Syrian Civil War.
Then again, Al-Nusra/Al-Sham asserts it no more is within the Al Qaeda network (though they likewise appear to still hold much of the same beliefs). I think a rebrand is all it considers the United States to take a group from sworn opponent to ally deserving of getting anti-tank weapons.
Exactly what could fail?
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