— The Erimtan Angle —

Created by Eyad Raschad, this must watch infographic illustrates key facts about the war in Syria, how it started, when and why. The video answers questions about the “revolution”, the “civil war”, the insurgency, the Syrian refugees, the foreign interference and other controversial issues . . .

The Europe-based journalist and political analyst John Rosenthal explained in 2013 that the United States “are on the same side as Jabhat al-Nusra in the Syrian conflict. The administration’s listing of Jabhat al-Nusra as a terror organization changes nothing in this regard and amounts in fact to a kind of sleight of hand. It allows the administration to claim that it is supporting the Syrian rebellion, but somehow not its ‘extremist’ component. But this distinction is completely bogus. The response to the listing from other rebel brigades — many of which hastened to express their solidarity with Jabhat al-Nusra — makes this clear. Jabhat al-Nusra is part of the mainstream of the Syrian rebellion. If it is extremist, then so is the rebellion as such”, and continuing that the “US changed sides in the “war on terror” during the 2011 Libya conflict  and it did so in two senses. In the first place, it did so by virtue of forming an alliance with some of the very same Islamic extremist forces that it had been combating for the previous decade. As I show in the book [The Jihadist Plot], the military backbone of the rebellion against Muammar al-Qaddafi was formed by cadres of the so-called Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). The LIFG was listed as an al-Qaeda-linked terror organization by both the US government and the UN Security Council. It was, in effect, the Libyan chapter of al-Qaeda and had a long shared history with the al-Qaeda “mothership” of Osama bin Laden. Several of the leaders of the rebellion had in fact been previously detained by US authorities, either during the invasion of Afghanistan or in subsequent covert counter-terror operations. In the Libyan war, the US and its NATO allies were providing air support to troops led by these very same people.[1]

[1] Diane West, “Q & A: “The Jihadist Plot” by John Rosenthal” The Counter Jihad Report (07 May 2013). http://counterjihadreport.com/2013/05/07/q-a-the-jihadist-plot-by-john-rosenthal/.

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