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The US has already covertly assisted the Assad government by passing on intelligence about the exact location of jihadi leaders through the BND, the German intelligence service, a source has told The Independent. This may explain why Syrian aircraft and artillery have been able on occasion to target accurately rebel commanders and headquarters.
As this alliance grows, western countries will increasingly to be forced to admit they were wrong about something much, much bigger – their partnership with Turkey. The Turkish Prime Minister appears to be dealing with his southern border in much the same way that Barack Obama is dealing with the U.S. southern border – by leaving it wide open:
A complete volte face by the US, Britain and their allies in their relations with the Assad government is unlikely because it would mean admitting that past support for the Sunni rebellion had contributed to the growth of the caliphate.
Mr Freeman says that he doubted that “the liberal interventionists and neoconservatives who had pursued regime change in Syria were capable of reversing course. To do so would require them to admit that they bore considerable responsibility for legitimising pointless violence that has resulted in the deaths of 190,000 Syrians
...After making an incredibly interesting observation that Barack Obama prefers to identify the group in Iraq and Syria as “ISIL” instead of “ISIS”, Fiscal Times author Liz Peek proceeded to bungle the explanation for why. She wasn’t entirely wrong but avoided the truth because it is apparently so hard for people – including her – to admit.
What Peek misses is that by referring to “ISIL”, Obama is giving legitimacy to a much larger movement that seeks a Caliphate; it’s simply one step shy of giving the Muslim Brotherhood and Ottoman Empire revivalists legitimacy. The question Peek did not seek an answer to was: Why is Obama giving legitimacy to a group that would serve as an Ottoman precursor?...