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U.S. ‘Surprisingly’ Finds That Al-Qaeda In Syria Renamed To Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Updates Terrorist Groups List

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The US State Department has formally designated Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and and its aliases as part of the al-Qaeda branch in Syria – Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Nusra Front).

The State Department announced its decision on May 31, 2018, over a year after Jabhat al-Nusra once again changed its name branding itself as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham was formed in Syria on January 28, 2017 by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and its allies. Jabhat Fatah al-Sham was a brand used by Jabhat al-Nusra from July 2016 to January 2017. Jabhat al-Nusra particiapted in the final phase of the battle for the city of Aleppo in 2016 using this very brand. The mainstream media willingly ussed the Jabhat al-Nsura rebranding to claim that the Syrian Army and its allies were battling the so-called “moderate opposition” in the city.

Now, when Jabhat al-Nusra has lost most of its influence across the country, Washington has decided to accept the reality and to designate new brands of Jabhat al-Nusra as a part of the terrorist group.

U.S. 'Surprisingly' Finds That Al-Qaeda In Syria Renamed To Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Updates Terrorist Groups List

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Gregory Casey

Why has it taken the US 12 months to “Surprisingly” discover that Al-Qaeda In Syria was renamed Hayat Tahrir al-Sham & to update its ‘Terrorist Groups List’?? Do Americans realize that Al-Qaeda in Syria wasn’t on this list for past year? And If Not, Why Not???

You can call me Al

Don’t, you are going to make me wet myself soon. Mind boggling.


Al-Qaeda got the wrong training, maybe that’s wh thry are losing :))



Fort comme un Turk (strong alike a Turk)

Is a casual French expression !

You can call me Al

Wow quite amazing, but maybe good for the World. Thanks.

PS “As strong aa a Turk”…..= “As strong as a Fort” …..mistranslation / bastardisation of the French word ???????.



Wise Gandalf


neil barron

Where the hell have you been? who do you think is running the state dept.? Hillary’s minions deep state people.


no shit ………. and who you think run`s the old hag?

Gregory Casey

You’re joking!! Hilary wasn’t in the State Department between 2001 and 2009 yet the State Department engaged in one of the most significant and downright stupid fuck-ups of all time in both military history and in ordinary historical terms with the invasion of Iraq plus upping the stakes in Afghanistan and making a complete cock-up of it. I have a proposal that you may perhaps find agreeable? We find the fastest space rocket ever built and we fire it deep into space with Rumsfeld, Cheney, Condeleeza, Dubya, Hilary, Powell and a few more worthies on board. Send with them the owners and senior editors of WSJ & FOX, NY Times, WAPO, ABC, NBC, France 24, Times of London, Telegraph of London, the SUN and a few more ……… i’ll leave you all the choice of who to send on this secret mission to deep space for the deep state ……… I suggest Trump acts as toilet janitor on this mission and takes Nikki Haley, our new Sec of State and the entire of CIA and NSA plus MI5 & MI6 with them. Agreed ???

You can call me Al

They really are showing how pathetically stupid they are now (US I mean). Can they possibly fall any lower or become even more obvious in their intentions ?.

What a bunch of total tossers.


Well… It wasn’t easy to find out that Al-Qaeda and ISIS are USraeli-idyocies.


Rafik Chauhan

its a home made hollywood isil and alqaida movie


The Winds of Stupidity are blowing the USS United States of America rather quickly now toward the Rocks of Reality that for many centuries have been a graveyard for ships heavily laden with debt at the centre of the Sea of Usury :).


“U.S. ‘Surprisingly’..” Yeah! .. I like the formulation :))))) Now what I miss is something like “-Damn’ PUTIN, look at him, how he helps Al-Qaeda” :)))) By the MH17-story it didn’t work as expected, but what TF, it doesn’t matter, the PRESStitutes ar USraeli-concierges, so it might be tried ;)..


What for an hypocrisy !

Al Qaida and any other “Terrorists Group”

were funded, run, armed and trained by US/Zionist/UK/France/NATO !


Yep! ..




Zbigniew Brzezinski, architect of the catastrophe in Afghanistan, dead at 89

By Bill Van Auken

29 May 2017

Zbigniew Brzezinski, security adviser to Democratic President Jimmy Carter and a longtime proponent of an aggressive strategy for asserting US global hegemony, died Friday at the age of 89.

During his four-year tenure in the Carter White House, Brzezinski was involved in a large number of criminal operations carried out by US imperialism around the globe, from support for the Shah’s attempts to drown the Iranian Revolution in blood to the initiation of a US policy in Central America that led to bloody counterinsurgency campaigns that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands.

Unquestionably, however, the greatest of these crimes, and one for which he proudly took credit, was the orchestration and support of a dirty war waged by Islamist mujahedeen against the Soviet-backed government of Afghanistan at the end of the 1970s.

Born into an aristocratic Polish family that was forced to take refuge in Canada, where his father was a diplomat at the outbreak of World War II, Brzezinski’s outlook and policies were grounded in a ferocious hatred of revolution, socialism and the Soviet Union.

He was recruited into anti-Soviet operations while lecturing at Harvard University in the 1950s. He was among a delegation sent by the CIA through its front group, the “Independent Service for Information,” to intervene at a Soviet-backed world youth festival held in Vienna in 1959. He was described by contemporaries as the most anticommunist and provocative of those sent by the US intelligence agency.

In the early 1970s, Brzezinski was tapped by David Rockefeller to head the Trilateral Commission, a body created to coordinate imperialist strategy between Washington, Western Europe and Japan. The commission, made up of influential business and political figures, in turn, threw its support behind the 1976 presidential campaign of Democrat Jimmy Carter, then governor of Georgia and seen as a Washington “outsider” who could provide a fresh face after the debacle of the administration of Richard Nixon and that of his successor, Gerald Ford. Members of the commission occupied key posts in the Carter administration, with Brzezinski as national security adviser exercising overwhelming influence over US foreign policy.

It was in this position that Brzezinski authored one of the greatest crimes carried out by US imperialism in the 20th century, the instigation of a war in Afghanistan that has continued to ravage the country to this day.

In its obituary of Brzezinski, the New York Times acknowledges that “his rigid hatred of the Soviet Union” had placed him “to the right of many Republicans, including Mr. Kissinger and President Richard M. Nixon.” It adds that under Carter he directed US policy with the aim of “thwarting Soviet expansionism at any cost…for better or worse.” As an example, it states, “He supported billions in military aid for Islamic militants fighting invading Soviet troops in Afghanistan.”

This is a deliberate distortion of the real role played by Washington, its military and the CIA in Afghanistan, under Brzezinski’s direction.

Brzezinski acknowledged in an interview with the French news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur in January 1998 that he initiated a policy in which the CIA covertly began arming the mujahedeen in July 1978—six months before Soviet troops intervened in Afghanistan—with the explicit aim of dragging the Soviet Union into a debilitating war.

Asked, given the catastrophe unleashed upon Afghanistan and the subsequent growth of Islamist terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, whether he regretted the policy he championed in Afghanistan, Brzezinski replied:

“Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.”

Asked specifically whether he regretted the CIA’s collaboration with and arming of Islamist extremists, including Al Qaeda, in fomenting the war in Afghanistan, Brzezinski responded contemptuously: “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?”

In the four decades of nearly uninterrupted fighting that flowed from Brzezinski’s “excellent idea”—with nearly 9,000 US troops still on the ground and plans being set in motion to carry out another escalation—over 2 million Afghans have lost their lives and millions more have been turned into refugees.

In the aftermath of the Moscow Stalinist bureaucracy’s formal dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991, Brzezinski refocused his long-standing maniacal hostility to the USSR toward a strategy to assert undisputed US hegemony over Eurasia.

He was among the more influential imperialist strategists in shaping a policy of attempting to offset the long-term decline in the world position of American capitalism by resorting to Washington’s unchallenged supremacy in terms of military might. This turn would lead to unending wars in the Middle East and Central Asia designed to assert undisputed American dominance in the regions containing the lion’s share of the world’s oil and natural gas reserves.

In an article published in the September-October 1997 issue of Foreign Affairs, Brzezinski argued:

“Eurasia is the world’s axial supercontinent. A power that dominated Eurasia would exercise decisive influence over two of the world’s three most economically productive regions, Western Europe and East Asia. A glance at the map also suggests that a country dominant in Eurasia would almost automatically control the Middle East and Africa. With Eurasia now serving as the decisive geopolitical chessboard, it no longer suffices to fashion one policy for Europe and another for Asia. What happens with the distribution of power on the Eurasian landmass will be of decisive importance to America’s global primacy and historical legacy … In a volatile Eurasia, the immediate task is to ensure that no state or combination of states gains the ability to expel the United States or even diminish its decisive role.”

Expanding on this thesis in his book The Grand Chessboard, Brzezinski voiced his concern about the major obstacle to Washington pursuing such an aggressive drive for hegemony: the hostility of the vast majority of the American people to war.

He wrote: “… America is too democratic at home to be autocratic abroad. This limits the use of America’s power, especially its capacity for military intimidation. Never before has a populist democracy attained international supremacy. But the pursuit of power is not a goal that commands popular passion, except in conditions of a sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being. The economic self-denial (that is, defense spending) and the human sacrifices (casualties even among professional soldiers) required in the effort are uncongenial to democratic instincts. Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization.” [The Grand Chessboard, Basic Books, pp. 35-36].

Four years later, on September 11, 2001, the “sudden threat or challenge to the public’s sense of domestic well-being” that the former national security adviser saw as a necessary precondition for launching a global campaign of American militarism was served up by the very forces that he and the CIA had promoted in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda, with its historic ties to US intelligence, claimed credit for the attacks on New York City and Washington, which were carried out by individuals who were able to move remarkably unhindered in and out of the US.

Brzezinski was a virulent opponent of revolution, socialism and any challenge to the existing capitalist order from the left. In 1968, during the mass protests against the Vietnam War, he wrote in the New Republic that students should be prevented from protesting by locking them up, adding that if the protests’ “leadership cannot be physically liquidated, it can at least be expelled from the country.”

In more recent years, particularly in the wake of the meltdown of the global capitalist financial system in 2008, Brzezinski has repeatedly warned of the “growing risk of class hatred” and the danger of radicalization among young people under conditions of unsustainable levels of social inequality.

In his 2012 book Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power, he wrote: “Populations of young adults… are especially explosive when combined with the revolution in communication technology.” He continued: “Often educated but unemployed, their resulting frustration and alienation” leaves them “susceptible to ideological agitation and revolutionary mobilization.”

In a television interview that year, he warned that a growing “sense of social injustice can be terribly demoralizing and, politically in the long run, very dangerous.”

While able to perceive this danger and issue his warnings, Brzezinski was no more able than any other representative of America’s capitalist ruling establishment to offer a rational, much less progressive, answer to the rising social and class conflicts that pose the threat of revolution.


Yep, the Great Chessboard :) ….


Al Qaida is the Israel/US mercenaries in the Golan since the Blue Helmets were Kidnapped !

Alexis Goldwasser

Its no surprise. Not publicly acknowledging that HTS is a terrorist group had stretegic value. Namely as a buffer force for israel against iran and hezbollah




How Bulgaria supplied drugs and weapons to Al-Qaïda and Daesh

by Thierry Meyssan

The best-kept secrets must be revealed in the end. The mafia cartel which governs Bulgaria has been caught supplying drugs and weapons to Al-Qaïda and Daesh, at the demand of the CIA, both in Libya and Syria. The affair is all the more serious since Bulgaria is a member of NATO and the European Union.

Head of one of the two Bulgarian mafia cartels, the SIC, Boïko Borissov has occupied the post of Prime Minister since 2014. While his country was a member of both NATO and the European Union, he supplied drugs and weapons to Al-Qaïda and Daesh in Libya and Syria.

It seems that everything began by accident. For about thirty years, fenetylline was used as a performance-enhancing drug in the West German sports world. According to trainer Peter Neururer, more than half of the athletes took it regularly [1]. Bulgarian drug dealers spotted an opportunity in this situation, and from the dissolution of the Soviet Union until Bulgaria’s entry into the European Union, they began to produce it and illegally export it to Germany under the name of Captagon.

Two mafia groups were locked in serious competition – Vasil Iliev Security (VIS), and Security Insurance Company (SIC), the company which employed the karateka Boïko Borissov. This high-level athlete, professor at the Police Academy, created a company supplying protection for important personalities, and became the body-guard for pro-Soviet ex-President Todor Jivkov as well as for pro-US Simeon II Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha. As soon as Simeon II became Prime Minister, Borissov was named as the central Director of the Ministry of the Interior, then was elected mayor of Sofia.

In 2006, the United States ambassador in Bulgaria (and future ambassador to Russia), John Beyrle, sketched his character in a confidential cable which was revealed by Wikileaks. He presented Borissov as being connected to two major mafia bosses, Mladen Mihalev (alias « Madzho ») and Roumen Nikolov (alias « The Pacha ») [2], the founders of SIC.

In 2007, basing its article on a report drawn up by a large Swiss company, the U.S. Congressional Quarterly claimed that he had smothered a number of enquiries at the Ministry of the Interior, and was himself implicated in 28 mafia murders. He apparently became a partner of John E. McLaughlin, Deputy Director of the CIA. He is said to have set up a secret prison for the Agency in Bulgaria, and helped to provide a military base in the context of the project for an attack on Iran, the Quarterly continued [3].

In 2008, the German specialist in organised crime, Jürgen Roth, qualified Boïko Borissov as a « Bulgarian Al Capone » [4].

Having himself become Prime Minister, and while his country was already a member of NATO and the EU, he was solicited by the Agency to help in the secret war against Mouamar el-Kadhafi. Boïko Borissov supplied Captagon, manufactured by the SIC, to the al-Qaïda jihadists in Libya. The CIA rendered this synthetic drug more attractive and more powerful by mixing it with a natural drug, hashish, which made it easier to manipulate the fighters and make them more terrifying, in line with the work of Bernard Lewis [5]. Following that, Borissov extended this market to Syria.

But most importantly, the CIA, using the profile of an ex-Warsaw Pact member which had recently joined NATO, bought from him 500 million dollars’ worth of Soviet-type weaponry and transported it to Syria — mainly 18,800 portable anti-tank grenade launchers and 700 Konkurs anti-tank missile systems.

When Hezbollah sent a team to Bulgaria to gather information about this traffic, a bus-load of Israeli holiday-makers were the object of a terrorist attack in Burgas, leaving 32 wounded. Immediately, Benjamin Netanyahu and Boïko Borissov accused the Lebanese resistance, while the Atlantist Press spread a number of allegations about the supposed Hezbollah kamikaze. Finally, the forensic scientist, Dr. Galina Mileva, noticed that the corpse did not correspond to the witness descriptions – while a counter-intelligence chief, Colonel Lubomir Dimitrov, noted that he was not a kamikaze, but a simple carrier, and that the bomb had been triggered from a distance, probably without his knowledge. The Press accused two Arabs of Canadian and Australian nationality, but the Sofia News Agency quoted a US accomplice known by the pseudonym of David Jefferson. The outcome was that when the European Union sought to use the affair in order to classify Hezbollah as a « terrorist organisation », the Minister for Foreign Affairs – during the short period when Borissov was excluded from executive power – Kristian Vigenine, made it clear that in reality, nothing was found that could tie the attack to the Lenbanese resistance [6].

From the end of 2014, the CIA ceased its orders and was replaced by Saudi Arabia, who were thus able to buy weapons which were no longer ex-Soviet left-overs, but modern NATO material, such as the wire-guided anti-tank BGM-71 TOW missiles. Soon, Riyadh was supported by the United Arab Emirates [7]. The two Gulf states themselves handled the deliveries to Al-Qaïda and Daesh, via Saudi Arabian Cargo and Etihad Cargo, either at Tabuk, on the Saudi-Jordanian border, or the Emirati-Franco-US base at Al-Dhafra.

In June 2014, the CIA turned up the pressure. This time, they forbade Bulgaria to allow access to the Russian gas pipeline South Stream, which could have supplied Western Europe [8].This decision, which deprived Bulgaria of some very important income, not only helped to slow down the growth of the European Union, as described in the Wolfowitz plan [9], but also to apply the European sanctions against Russia which had been implemented under the pretext of the Ukranian crisis, to develop the exploitation of shale gas in Eastern Europe [10], and finally, to maintain the interest of overthrowing the Syrian Arab Republic, a possible major gas exporter [11].

The latest news is that Bulgaria – a member-state of NATO and the European Union – continues to illegally supply drugs and weapons to Al-Qaïda and Daesh, despite the recent Resolution 2253, which was unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council.

Thierry Meyssan


Pete Kimberley

[1] „Doping war im Fußball gang und gäbe“, Frankfürter Allgemeine Zeitung, June 13th, 2007.

[2] “Bulgaria’s most popular politician: great hopes, murky ties”, John Beyrle, May 9, 2006.

[3] “Bush’s Bulgarian Partner in the Terror War Has Mob History, Investigators Say”, Jeff Stein, U.S. Congressional Quarterly, May 2007.

[4] Die neuen Dämonen, Jürgen Roth, 2008.

[5] The Assassins: A Radical Sect in Islam, Bernard Lewis, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1967.

[6] “Bulgaria discards Hezbollah involvement in Burgas bombing”, Voltaire Network, June 8th, 2013.

[7] « Mise à jour d’une nouvelle filière de trafic d’armes pour les jihadistes », par Valentin Vasilescu, Traduction Avic, Réseau Voltaire, December 24th, 2015.

[8] « Le sabotage du gazoduc South Stream », par Manlio Dinucci, Tommaso di Francesco, Traduction Marie-Ange Patrizio, Il Manifesto (Italie), Réseau Voltaire, June 10th, 2014.

[9] « US Strategy Plan Calls For Insuring No Rivals Develop » and « Excerpts from Pentagon’s Plan : “Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival » », Patrick E. Tyler, New York Times, March 8th, 1992. « Keeping the US First, Pentagon Would preclude a Rival Superpower », Barton Gellman, The Washington Post, March 11th, 1992.

[10] « South Stream bloqué, la “claque” des États-Unis à l’Union européenne », par Manlio Dinucci, Traduction Marie-Ange Patrizio, Il Manifesto (Italie), Réseau Voltaire, December 5th, 2014.

[11] “Struggle over the Middle East: Gas Ranks First”, by Imad Fawzi Shueibi, Voltaire Network, 17 April 2012.


Ok they put them on the list. What changed.

northerntruthseeker .

OK…… Let me get this straight… The US invented “Al Qaeda” back in the late 1980’s….. Gave them training, weapons, logistics, etc… Trained their CIA operative Tim Osman aka “Osama bin Laden” to head their fraud “terrorist” group…. Had the fraud “Al Qaeda” take the fall for the Israeli Mossad attacks of 9-11…. Claims that “Al Qaeda” are everywhere since 2001…. Uses their fraud “Al Qaeda” as part of the original “terrorist” groups that attempt to overthrow Syria since 2011 under the guidance of former Secretary of State Hillary “I am the ultimate evil” Clinton…… Continues to arm, train, and provide logistics to “Al Qaeda” in Syria since 2011…. And is NOW somehow “shocked” that their entire fraud operation has a new name?

Am I missing something here?


yes you do actually. That americans think the rest of the world is as stupid and uneducated as their own population…….. come to think of it, most of europe, is not far behind in the way americans think and understand reality. At least around where I live most people are Tv and hollywood educated sadly.

Feudalism Victory

Yes Trump cutting the legs out of the deep state colonial lobby.


Most of what you wrote is either exaggerated or factually incorrect, with some sprinkled of truth here and there to try and make it palatable and believable to someone who doesn’t have basic critical thinking skills.

northerntruthseeker .

The name hamster fits you perfectly here I see…..


“northern troof seeker”, typical name of a typical moron living in a basement who has no friends and sees grandiose conspiracies of world domination lurking around every corner without any application of critical thought. What a pathetic life you must have. I bet you were and are the most socially awkward person during your time in school, and in your professional life (assuming you’re even employed lol!).

northerntruthseeker .

Honestly, is this the best you have? For all I see is a Hasbara/JIDF agent here… And notice that nobody else is giving you any support for your laughable comments as well!


Oh! now I’m apparently a “hasbara/JIDF” agent ROFL. on some obscure website like southfront.

No wonder you have zero friends. You must be the most socially awkward and isolated person in your personal life. I bet you think everyone that calls you a bitch is a “hasbara/JIDF agent” rofl. No, sorry, you’re just a bitch, its not that complicated.

You can call me Al

Listen laddy,

Stop posting, logical, factually correct posts that go against mainstream PC BS.


Yank ahole


Well, this group was never really controlled by Al-Qaeda directly. And several independent Rebel groups often operate under the same name (like the FSA). It was known all along that there were radicals in many of these groups, but it is easy for a country that happens to be already fighting a group to write them off as terrorists (Russia).

Bill Wilson

The Obama Administration held off on labeling groups as terrorist organizations as long as they were fighting ISIS. That made it legal to supply them with aid. That aid stopped when they proved to be worthless fighting ISIS and used it instead against rival “militant” groups. My guess is that Trump’s administration decided to label them now in order to discourage any more outside funding those groups have been receiving. The international banking system has been keeping track of monies flowing in and out of Syria and Iraq, primarily to stymie ISIS’s economy then to see who’s financing and doing business with the rest. They have the power to freeze assets if one is caught supporting and doing business with anyone on their shit list.

Rafik Chauhan

OH US is a little child doesnt know the dffrence in modertae and terriosti

Dick Von Dast'Ard

Have they put Turkey on ‘notice’ to now?


HTS , aka al nusra, aka al Qaida, has been in control of Khan sheikoun for five years. That’s the town were chemical weapons were used on civilians. That’s the attack Trump used to accuse Assad and bomb Syria. Trump ignored the primary suspect, al Qaida, and instead believed al Qaida propaganda.

So al Qaida recruited Donald trump to commit bombings.


The announcement itself is foolish and farcical.


Oh my,this is just incredible great discovery, do they deserve the nobel price for this ?

You can call me Al


PS The Yanks are lying, as usual.


If al Qaeda wants to dodge American sanctions, they should pick safe names, like al McDonalds, al Facebook or al Rosenstein, it would take decades for the state department to work out who they are.

John Whitehot

perhaps alnusra could change its name every day. that way it could confound the americans, maybe even convince them that they are moderates and get training and weapons lmao.

Gregory Casey

A Mission to Deep Space for the Deep State: Although Hilary wasn’t in the State Department between 2001 and 2009, the State Department engaged in one of the most significant and downright stupid fuck-ups of all time in both military history and in ordinary historical terms with the invasion of Iraq plus upping the stakes in Afghanistan and making a complete cock-up of it. I have a proposal that you may perhaps find agreeable? We find the fastest space rocket ever built and we fire it deep into space with Rumsfeld, Cheney, Condeleeza, Dubya, Hilary, Powell and a few more worthies on board. Send with them the owners and senior editors of WSJ & FOX, NY Times, WAPO, ABC, NBC, France 24, Times of London, Telegraph of London, the SUN and a few more ……… i’ll leave you all the choice of who to send on this secret mission to deep space for the deep state ……… I suggest Trump acts as toilet janitor on this mission and takes Nikki Haley, our new Sec of State and the entire of CIA and NSA plus MI5 & MI6 with them. Agreed ??? and, of course, it’s all on a one-way ticket with no Return Journey available.

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