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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – For days now, there have been reports that the Al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) is fighting alongside pro-Ankara forces – led by the Turkish Army – against Kurdish paramilitaries in Syria’s Afrin region.

The Turkish Army, its Free Syrian Army allies and now perhaps Al-Qaeda have all joined ranks to attack Kurdish paramilitary fighters in the region of Afrin according to reports by pro-jihadist and pro-government sources.

All reports – including those released by Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham itself – suggest that the Al-Qaeda affiliate is operating in the mountainous countryside near the town of Dart ‘Izza against the southernmost flank of Kurdish forces.

Indeed, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham’s media wing released a report saying that the militia ‘restored’ two points near the town of Qalaat Samaan (north of Dart ‘Izza) from the control of Kurdish forces on January 23.

This means that even within a defensive capacity the militant group (designated as a terrorist organization by the United States) is operating inside of territory under the direct annexation of the Turkey Army from where it technically meant to be exempt.

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3 Comments on "Al-Qaeda joins ranks with Turkey-led forces battling Kurdish fighters in Syria’s Afrin – reports"

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All the Anti Assad groups are in reality gangs of criminals with Warlord bosses. These gangs follow an age old system of control to plunder wealth that has often been employed by Kings and other Dictators.

This Al Nusra gang is obviously being paid in some way. Probably with weapons etc .

If there is a WW3 that causes devastation to the West but not complete destruction, such gangs will again be roaming the ‘civilised’ world.
I find that perfect Karma 🙂

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Erdogan Ghazi has been in bed with Islamist all the time. So this is no news.

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News like this aimed at supporting one side is not news. With the same logic you can say Kurds are fighting for Israel, given their latest patron the US, is fighting for Israel…

Kurds are ending up, again, as tools of greater powers. Barzani had it right at the beginning when he concentrated on bettering his people through trade and close ties. He blew that with the independence call…

Stop being cannon fodder, drop the guns and improve the local peoples lives through integration not back making a land grab under the guise of ISIS…