What’s In A Name? U.S. Takes Syria’s Al-Qaeda Off Terror Watchlists

By changing its name to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda has managed to secure its removal from the U.S. and Canadian terror watchlists, allowing citizens of those countries to donate money and travel to fight with them.
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    Members of al-Nusra Front gesture as they drive in a convoy touring villages in the southern countryside of Syria's Idlib province, Decembe, 2014. (Photo: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters)

    Members of al-Nusra Front gesture as they drive in a convoy touring villages in the southern countryside of Syria’s Idlib province, Decembe, 2014. (Photo: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters)

    WASHINGTON, D.C.– It turns out that getting off the U.S.’ and Canada’s terror watchlist is as simple as changing your name. While the terror watchlist in the U.S. has long been both secretive and controversial – as “reasonable suspicion” is enough to label any individual a “terrorist” – terrorist groups tied to al-Qaeda have found that getting off the watchlist only requires minor rebranding.

    The terror group, long known to most as Jabhat al-Nusra or the al-Nusra Front, has continued to function as al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria long after Daesh (ISIS) renounced its allegiance to the group in 2014. It was first placed on the U.S. and Canadian terror watchlists in 2012.

    But by changing its name to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the group has managed to secure its removal from terror watchlists in both the U.S. and Canada, allowing citizens of those countries to donate money to the group, travel to fight with them and disseminate the group’s propaganda without incident.



    In response, Nicole Thompson of the U.S. State Department told CBC News last Monday that while “we believe these actions are an al-Qaeda play to bring as much of the Syrian opposition under its operational control as possible, […] we are still studying the issue carefully.”

    But the State Department is likely hesitant to label HTS a terror group, even despite the group’s link to al-Qaeda, as the U.S. government has directly funded and armed the Zenki brigade, a group that joined forces with al-Nusra under the HTS banner, with sophisticated weaponry.

    A Jabhat al-Nusra fighter talks on a radio while carrying his weapon in the front line of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, May, 2014. (Photo: Hamid Khatib/Reuters)

    A Jabhat al-Nusra fighter talks on a radio while carrying his weapon in the front line of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, May, 2014. (Photo: Hamid Khatib/Reuters)

    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.

    Their efforts have paid off, as the group is being supported to various degrees by foreign governments seeking to overthrow the Assad government. For example, take the words of Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah, who told the French publication Le Monde in 2015:

    “we are clearly against all extremism, but, apart from Daesh [ISIS], all [sic] these groups are fighting to overthrow the [Assad] regime. The moderates cannot say to the Nusra Front … ‘We won’t work with you.’ You have to look at the situation and be realistic.”

    The U.S. government has also accepted the rebranding of al-Nusra in recent years. The U.S. effort to do so began in earnest when former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stated in 2015 that “moderate rebels” were “anyone who is not affiliated with ISIL [Daesh, ISIS].”

    Since then, al-Nusra’s top commanders have asserted that they have received U.S.-made weapons, such as TOW missiles and tanks, directly from foreign governments supported by the U.S. In a 2016 interview with the newspaper Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger, al-Nusra unit commander Abu Al Ezz stated that when al-Nusra was “besieged, we had officers from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and America here…Experts in the use of satellites, rockets, reconnaissance and thermal security cameras.”

    When asked specifically if US officers were present, Al Ezz replied: “The Americans are on our side.” This assertion has been bolstered by evidence that the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes in Syria have only focused on Daesh and intentionally avoided al-Nusra positions.

    With al-Nusra now officially removed from Western terror watchlists, foreign governments that are opposed to the Assad regime – particularly the U.S. – will be free to fund and arm al-Qaeda as they see fit, making the West’s alleged goal of creating a post-Assad “secular Syria” a remote possibility at best.

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    • James Wherry

      Here’s a simple solution: put IRAN on the terror watch list – especially with its new “School of Terrorism.”

      “Iran Builds New Terror Centers As US Stalls On Terrorist Designation”
      By Capital Flows, May 23, 2017
      https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/05/23/iran-builds-new-terror-centers-as-us-stalls-on-terrorist-designation/#67ef42f01fd2

      Wes Martin, Colonel (Retired) Wes Martin served as the first senior antiterrorism officer for all Coalition Forces in Iraq.

      It is heartening that the Trump Administration is considering officially designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” (FTO). For several years, a faction of the IRGC, the Qods Force, has held this title. That its parent organization has eluded designation by the U.S. State Department defies logic, especially considering the Government of Iran has long since been recognized by the U.S. as the number one nation-state sponsor of terrorism. It is high time to reflect this reality in policy; with every day that the U.S. stalls, a sophisticated training corps run by the IRGC churns out a new batch of elite fighters aimed at destabilizing the region and sowing terror worldwide.

      This past month, the leading Iranian opposition group, MeK, exposed fourteen terrorist training camps being run in Iran by the IRGC. Compared to the ad-hoc Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) training programs of the 1960s and 70s, these state-of-the-art IRGC training camps could be hailed as the “Ivy Leagues of terrorist education.”

      Supporting this objective, the IRGC shows signs of ramping up full-spectrum terrorist training. The curriculum includes religious indoctrination, bomb making and emplacement, suicide bombing, assassination, kidnapping, fundraising, black market opportunities, basic structure-engineering, avoiding detection from law enforcement, sleeper cell operations and everything else possible to destroy western civilization. The IRGC is already benefiting from fifteen years of battle-damage assessments of attacks on and by American forces in Iraq. Furthermore, the Iraqi army has passed on to the IRGC all the training it received from the American military.

      Unlike typical academia, graduates of the IRGC School of Terrorism will not walk down the aisle, accept their diplomas, and go out on their own into the world to find employment. Their permanent employer will be
      the government of Iran. Whether they are sent to combat to further enhance their skills or be placed into sleeper status until activation at a later date, only death will release them from their contractual obligations.

      Just as the PLO trained terrorist operatives from other nations, such is the function of these IRGC operations. The ultimate battlegrounds in the War on Terrorism will be Western Europe and North America. Avenues of approach have already been embedded through porous borders and covert extremist plots. Attacks will become more complex, more deadly, and will involve multiple cells attacking several targets at the same time.

      As the senior antiterrorism officer for all coalition forces in Iraq, I witnessed the advanced technology the Qods Force and the IRGC was providing to our Shia and Sunni adversaries. Because Iran totally subscribes to the concept of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” we were on the receiving end of research and development coming out of Iran’s weapons laboratories.

      In light of this overwhelming threat, many wonder why the State Department continues to stall on an official terrorist designation for the IRGC. Unfortunately, the Department’s track record shows that its FTO list has become more as a political tool than an accurate portrayal of threats to the United States and its citizens. Case and point is the on-going willful failure to assign terrorist status to Iraqi rebel cleric Moqtada Sadr’s Mahdi
      Army despite the overwhelming evidence that his organization killed hundreds of American service members in Iraq and pledges to kill more.

      State Department finally recognized that Iran was advancing its nuclear weapons development program when Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), the primary resistance organization to Tehran’s religious fundamentalists, exposed the covert operation to the world. Instead of condemning the regime, State Department’s solution was to negotiate. For a promise from Iran to cease the nuclear development operations, the Obama Administration agreed to ease
      sanctions and release $150-billion in frozen assets.

      Lifting of the sanctions was a political victory for Iran. Pressure from the Iranian population was reduced and Tehran proved its ability to out-negotiate Washington. The $150-billion windfall has been quickly put to use. Iran has been able to provide more funding and weapons to the civil wars in Syria and Yemen. The nuclear weapons research has not stopped in Iran any more than it stopped in North Korea following its nuclear weapons negotiations with the Clinton Administration.

      Terrorist organizations determine when and where they will attack. They only have to be successful part of the time. As subjects of the attacks, we must continuously keep our defenses up. As proven by previous administration’s failure to properly address the rise of ISIS, denying the intensity of a problem allows it to grow. It is time for President Trump to mandate that the State Department designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard
      Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, and to treat it accordingly.

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    • James Wherry

      How amusing: I chanced by this thread and found the neo-NAZ! “tapatio” obsessing over me, once again.

      To answer him, yes, I am Gay and married an adult who was in his mid-20’s and a college graduate before we met.

      “tapatio” simply hates Jews and Gays and is an internet bully out to silence anyone who disagrees with him, so he deviates from threads for personal attacks.

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    • tapatio

      A small example of the DISEASED mind of James Wherry………….
      Below is James Wherry’s comment to his local paper on the occasion of his “marriage” to ayoung Filipino BOY that wherry purchased…………….
      “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””
      http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html
      Wherry is a pretty typical example of the PSEUDO-Christian Zionists that are fanatical adherents/worshipers of the Judeo-Naz! Disease called Zionism.

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    • James Wherry

      Here’s a simple solution: put IRAN on the terror watch list – especially with its new “School of Terrorism.”

      “Iran Builds New Terror Centers As US Stalls On Terrorist Designation”
      By Capital Flows, May 23, 2017
      https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/05/23/iran-builds-new-terror-centers-as-us-stalls-on-terrorist-designation/#67ef42f01fd2

      Wes Martin, Colonel (Retired) Wes Martin served as the first senior antiterrorism officer for all Coalition Forces in Iraq.

      It is heartening that the Trump Administration is considering officially designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” (FTO). For several years, a faction of the IRGC, the Qods Force, has held this title. That its parent organization has eluded designation by the U.S. State Department defies logic, especially considering the Government of Iran has long since been recognized by the U.S. as the number one nation-state sponsor of terrorism. It is high time to reflect this reality in policy; with every day that the U.S. stalls, a sophisticated training corps run by the IRGC churns out a new batch of elite fighters aimed at destabilizing the region and sowing terror worldwide.

      This past month, the leading Iranian opposition group, MeK, exposed fourteen terrorist training camps being run in Iran by the IRGC. Compared to the ad-hoc Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) training programs of the 1960s and 70s, these state-of-the-art IRGC training camps could be hailed as the “Ivy Leagues of terrorist education.”

      Supporting this objective, the IRGC shows signs of ramping up full-spectrum terrorist training. The curriculum includes religious indoctrination, bomb making and emplacement, suicide bombing, assassination, kidnapping, fundraising, black market opportunities, basic structure-engineering, avoiding detection from law enforcement, sleeper cell operations and everything else possible to destroy western civilization. The IRGC is already benefiting from fifteen years of battle-damage assessments of attacks on and by American forces in Iraq. Furthermore, the Iraqi army has passed on to the IRGC all the training it received from the American military.

      Unlike typical academia, graduates of the IRGC School of Terrorism will not walk down the aisle, accept their diplomas, and go out on their own into the world to find employment. Their permanent employer will be
      the government of Iran. Whether they are sent to combat to further enhance their skills or be placed into sleeper status until activation at a later date, only death will release them from their contractual obligations.

      Just as the PLO trained terrorist operatives from other nations, such is the function of these IRGC operations. The ultimate battlegrounds in the War on Terrorism will be Western Europe and North America. Avenues of approach have already been embedded through porous borders and covert extremist plots. Attacks will become more complex, more deadly, and will involve multiple cells attacking several targets at the same time.

      As the senior antiterrorism officer for all coalition forces in Iraq, I witnessed the advanced technology the Qods Force and the IRGC was providing to our Shia and Sunni adversaries. Because Iran totally subscribes to the concept of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” we were on the receiving end of research and development coming out of Iran’s weapons laboratories.

      In light of this overwhelming threat, many wonder why the State Department continues to stall on an official terrorist designation for the IRGC. Unfortunately, the Department’s track record shows that its FTO list has become more as a political tool than an accurate portrayal of threats to the United States and its citizens. Case and point is the on-going willful failure to assign terrorist status to Iraqi rebel cleric Moqtada Sadr’s Mahdi
      Army despite the overwhelming evidence that his organization killed hundreds of American service members in Iraq and pledges to kill more.

      State Department finally recognized that Iran was advancing its nuclear weapons development program when Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), the primary resistance organization to Tehran’s religious fundamentalists, exposed the covert operation to the world. Instead of condemning the regime, State Department’s solution was to negotiate. For a promise from Iran to cease the nuclear development operations, the Obama Administration agreed to ease
      sanctions and release $150-billion in frozen assets.

      Lifting of the sanctions was a political victory for Iran. Pressure from the Iranian population was reduced and Tehran proved its ability to out-negotiate Washington. The $150-billion windfall has been quickly put to use. Iran has been able to provide more funding and weapons to the civil wars in Syria and Yemen. The nuclear weapons research has not stopped in Iran any more than it stopped in North Korea following its nuclear weapons negotiations with the Clinton Administration.

      Terrorist organizations determine when and where they will attack. They only have to be successful part of the time. As subjects of the attacks, we must continuously keep our defenses up. As proven by previous administration’s failure to properly address the rise of ISIS, denying the intensity of a problem allows it to grow. It is time for President Trump to mandate that the State Department designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard
      Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, and to treat it accordingly.

    • James Wherry

      I thought it was al-Nusra. SOMEBODY should demand their franchise fees back!

      Syria and Iran built the Sun’ni jihadists up from nothing IOT murder U.S. service members serving in Iraq. It appears that Iran is enacting its “7 countries in 5 years” plan. It has terrorists operating in Iraq, Yemen, Sa’udi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain and Israel to destroy those nations and enable Iran to enslave the entire middle east.

      “How Iran Is Taking Over the Middle East”
      The Fiscal Times, By Riyadh Mohammed
      March 18, 2015
      http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/03/18/How-Iran-Taking-Over-Middle-East

      “The bloody battle in Yemen shows Iran is intent on dominating the Middle East”
      Graeme Lamb, 2 September 2016
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/02/the-bloody-battle-in-yemen-shows-iran-is-intent-on-dominion/

      “Iranian Plans to Take Over Syria”
      May 5, 2013
      http://beforeitsnews.com/middle-east/2013/05/iranian-plans-to-take-over-syria-2451206.html

      “Iran’s Plans to Take Over Syria”
      5 May 2013
      http://jcpa.org/article/irans-plans-to-take-over-syria/

      • Stone Llama

        Iran are completely opposed to Sunni extremism, ie the core beliefs of ISIS and al Qaeda. Iran views the Wahabi/Salafist/Saudi notion of islam as perverse. I am not a believer in lslam myself. These are just the facts.

        • James Wherry

          Iran has used Sun’ni terrorists to murder US servicemen and kill other Sun’ni’s in the same way that Israel supports al-Nusra to kill Hezbollah terrorists.

          Why be surprised?

        • James Wherry

          So, Stone, the other issue is this: Syria has avoided attacking ISIS and instead concentrated on the other, more moderate rebel groups. Syria and Iran just launched attacks on the US coalition rebels preparing to attack Raqqa.

          Why? Why not attack ISIS?

          ISIS is Assad’s “tool” to exterminate the Sun’ni’s.

    • James Wherry

      Once again “tapatio” has tried to slither onto a thread. Since it has nothing to say, the filthy piece of NAZ! trash engages in ad homoneim attacks.

      The simple fact is that it is a Jew-hating, Gay-bashing neo-NAZ! who hates Jews, Gays and anyone else who dares to disagree with him. I’ve posted it all, below.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b356340e6929f31ef5dd2dca79efe2d3e8f29138608e2e6a4a1dc7f7ce25ec95.jpg

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    • tapatio

      THE CREDIBILITY OF US ARMY MAJOR JAMES “PEDERAST” WHERRY (whose Zionist hate mongering is below) A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST (How can any human claim to follow Christ and promote the crimes of Zionism?) TROLL IN THE EMPLOY OF ISRAEL CAN BE JUDGED FROM WHAT HE IS…………………………

      JAMES WHERRY WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO USE HIS NAME AND A PHOTO THAT COULD BE TRACED. TURNS OUT THAT HE IS……………..

      1 A SELF-STYLED “CHRISTIAN” ZIONIST. THESE, AH, PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT, ONCE ALL OF THE JEWS ARE GATHERED IN PALESTINE, SOMETHING CALLED “ARMAGEDDON” WILL HAPPEN AND ALL OF THE “CHRISTIAN” ZIONISTS WILL BE WHISKED UP TO HEAVEN WITH THEIR BODIES INTACT IN THE HOLY 0RGASM THEY CALL THE “RAPTURE”. NOBODY HAS EVER EXPLAINED TO THE OTHER 99% OF CHRISTIANITY HOW THESE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHACK-A-MOLES CAN BELIEVE THAT JESUS OR HIS DAD WOULD EVER SUPPORT SUCH FANTASIES OR THE CRIMES SUPPORTED BY PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS.

      2) A MAJOR IN THE US ARMY FROM “CIVIL AFFAIRS”. BABY-BOOMERS MIGHT RECALL THAT “CIVIL AFFAIRS” WAS PROMINENT IN THE “PHOENIX PROGRAM” IN VIETNAM……..THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO TOLD THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, “LOVE AMERICA OR WE’LL NAPALM YOUR VILLAGE.” WHERRY HAS ALSO BRAGGED ABOUT HELPING TO TRAIN THE STATE TERRORISTS OF UGANDA.

      3) A “GAY” PREDATOR THAT BOUGHT A BOY FROM THE PHILIPPINE SLUMS TO USE AS HIS SXX TOY. PRESUMABLY, THIS BOY HAS PAPERS CLAIMING THAT HE IS OF AGE. BUT, HE COULD PASS FOR A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KID AND YOU CAN HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR $100..
      https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39

      http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ

    • James Wherry

      Here’s a simple solution: put IRAN on the terror watch list – especially with its new “School of Terrorism.”

      “Iran Builds New Terror Centers As US Stalls On Terrorist Designation”
      By Capital Flows, May 23, 2017
      https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2017/05/23/iran-builds-new-terror-centers-as-us-stalls-on-terrorist-designation/#67ef42f01fd2

      Wes Martin, Colonel (Retired) Wes Martin served as the first senior antiterrorism officer for all Coalition Forces in Iraq.

      It is heartening that the Trump Administration is considering officially designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” (FTO). For several years, a faction of the IRGC, the Qods Force, has held this title. That its parent organization has eluded designation by the U.S. State Department defies logic, especially considering the Government of Iran has long since been recognized by the U.S. as the number one nation-state sponsor of terrorism. It is high time to reflect this reality in policy; with every day that the U.S. stalls, a sophisticated training corps run by the IRGC churns out a new batch of elite fighters aimed at destabilizing the region and sowing terror worldwide.

      This past month, the leading Iranian opposition group, MeK, exposed fourteen terrorist training camps being run in Iran by the IRGC. Compared to the ad-hoc Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) training programs of the 1960s and 70s, these state-of-the-art IRGC training camps could be hailed as the “Ivy Leagues of terrorist education.”

      Supporting this objective, the IRGC shows signs of ramping up full-spectrum terrorist training. The curriculum includes religious indoctrination, bomb making and emplacement, suicide bombing, assassination, kidnapping, fundraising, black market opportunities, basic structure-engineering, avoiding detection from law enforcement, sleeper cell operations and everything else possible to destroy western civilization. The IRGC is already benefiting from fifteen years of battle-damage assessments of attacks on and by American forces in Iraq. Furthermore, the Iraqi army has passed on to the IRGC all the training it received from the American military.

      Unlike typical academia, graduates of the IRGC School of Terrorism will not walk down the aisle, accept their diplomas, and go out on their own into the world to find employment. Their permanent employer will be
      the government of Iran. Whether they are sent to combat to further enhance their skills or be placed into sleeper status until activation at a later date, only death will release them from their contractual obligations.

      Just as the PLO trained terrorist operatives from other nations, such is the function of these IRGC operations. The ultimate battlegrounds in the War on Terrorism will be Western Europe and North America. Avenues of approach have already been embedded through porous borders and covert extremist plots. Attacks will become more complex, more deadly, and will involve multiple cells attacking several targets at the same time.

      As the senior antiterrorism officer for all coalition forces in Iraq, I witnessed the advanced technology the Qods Force and the IRGC was providing to our Shia and Sunni adversaries. Because Iran totally subscribes to the concept of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” we were on the receiving end of research and development coming out of Iran’s weapons laboratories.

      In light of this overwhelming threat, many wonder why the State Department continues to stall on an official terrorist designation for the IRGC. Unfortunately, the Department’s track record shows that its FTO list has become more as a political tool than an accurate portrayal of threats to the United States and its citizens. Case and point is the on-going willful failure to assign terrorist status to Iraqi rebel cleric Moqtada Sadr’s Mahdi
      Army despite the overwhelming evidence that his organization killed hundreds of American service members in Iraq and pledges to kill more.

      State Department finally recognized that Iran was advancing its nuclear weapons development program when Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), the primary resistance organization to Tehran’s religious fundamentalists, exposed the covert operation to the world. Instead of condemning the regime, State Department’s solution was to negotiate. For a promise from Iran to cease the nuclear development operations, the Obama Administration agreed to ease
      sanctions and release $150-billion in frozen assets.

      Lifting of the sanctions was a political victory for Iran. Pressure from the Iranian population was reduced and Tehran proved its ability to out-negotiate Washington. The $150-billion windfall has been quickly put to use. Iran has been able to provide more funding and weapons to the civil wars in Syria and Yemen. The nuclear weapons research has not stopped in Iran any more than it stopped in North Korea following its nuclear weapons negotiations with the Clinton Administration.

      Terrorist organizations determine when and where they will attack. They only have to be successful part of the time. As subjects of the attacks, we must continuously keep our defenses up. As proven by previous administration’s failure to properly address the rise of ISIS, denying the intensity of a problem allows it to grow. It is time for President Trump to mandate that the State Department designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard
      Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, and to treat it accordingly.

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    • tttulio

      They still use their old name: https://youtu.be/a9NyL78kDUQ

      • Jim Allen

        What these “terrorists” are, is US defense contractors (Arab)masquerading as terrorists. In real life they’re US proxy ground forces. A part of the deception created by the one agency that wages war by deception, that touts that. Mossad.

    • Guy

      So it is that simple .A draft is put together by Tulsi Gabbard to make it illegal to support the terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria ,and the terrorists just change names and VOILA ,they are no longer terrorists and you can arm them to your heart’s content.Cui Bono , as if I have to ask.

    • James Wherry

      I thought it was al-Nusra. SOMEBODY should demand their franchise fees back!

      Syria and Iran built the Sun’ni jihadists up from nothing IOT murder U.S. service members serving in Iraq. It appears that Iran is enacting its “7 countries in 5 years” plan. It has terrorists operating in Iraq, Yemen, Sa’udi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain and Israel to destroy those nations and enable Iran to enslave the entire middle east.

      “How Iran Is Taking Over the Middle East”
      The Fiscal Times, By Riyadh Mohammed
      March 18, 2015
      http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/03/18/How-Iran-Taking-Over-Middle-East

      “The bloody battle in Yemen shows Iran is intent on dominating the Middle East”
      Graeme Lamb, 2 September 2016
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/02/the-bloody-battle-in-yemen-shows-iran-is-intent-on-dominion/

      “Iranian Plans to Take Over Syria”
      May 5, 2013
      http://beforeitsnews.com/middle-east/2013/05/iranian-plans-to-take-over-syria-2451206.html

      “Iran’s Plans to Take Over Syria”
      5 May 2013
      http://jcpa.org/article/irans-plans-to-take-over-syria/

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        What a stupid re-yammering of ZioCon propaganda!

      • Ghassan Awada

        you are such a dedicated Zionist troll.the problem is that you are too exposed .your articles are just copy and paste propaganda,and actually no one really care to read them.they sound more like blah blah blah.

      • Tarciso Ribeiro

        whos gonna read this bullshit………..

      • Jim Allen

        My personal favorite name change :al-Sham. It’s the most accurate, and correct.. Ironically, or deliberately.

    • tapatio

      Al Qaeda was spawned by the CIA, Al Qaeda has NEVER been independent of the US/Saudi Arabia/Israel. So, for the US to call Al Qaeda “terrorist” was always complete hypocrisy.

      9/11 was nothing but a marketing tool for the US and its Zionist masters to con the American sheeple into accepting the last 16 year of war, slaughter of millions of innocents and bankrupting of the US economy.

      • Guy

        Yes but look at all the new jobs that will be created manufacturing arms just sold to SA .Making America great again , if it ever was.

        • tapatio

          I thought/think that it was great………for a little while. Most of those weapons will be licensed to Israel and other countries for manufacture.