Sunday, March 26, 2017

Has Al-Qa`idah in Syria become the best hope for Western governments and media?

Some analysts, most prominent­ly Charles Lister of the Middle East Institute, believe that a reconstitut­ed al-Qaeda is now stronger than it has ever been. “With a majority of armed oppo­sition groups holding back on the battlefield due to ongoing attempts to reach a political settlement, HTS’s [Hayat Tahrir al-Sham] insistence on remaining mili­tarily active and in striking back hard at the heart of the regime is buying it invaluable popular cred­ibility…" (thanks Basim)