Al Qaeda In Syria Changed Its Name And Now The US Is Arming Them

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Submitted by Dan Wright via,

Though many scoffed when the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat Al-Nusra, rebranded itself Jabhat Fateh Al-Shamthat cosmetic change was apparently enough to convince the US government to start sending them arms.

In the recent push by rebels in the city of Aleppo, Al-Nusra/Al-Sham took a leading role and was reportedly among the rebels groups who received US weapons. Those weapons will first be used to kill Syrian government troops and after that, well, who knows?

Many, if not most, of the rebel groups fighting the Syrian government are jihadist and few have any serious objection to Al-Nusra participating in their operations, especially given that Al-Nusra has proven to be one of the most effective groups on the battlefield. If Al-Sham and fellow Sunni jihadists prevail over Syrian government forces, a genocide will likely commence against religious minorities in Syria, starting with the Alawites and moving on to other Shiites.

From the Atlantic Council:

“Fateh al-Sham’s support extends beyond the immediate political and military opposition. Roshd Virtual University in Istanbul, Turkey offered 100 scholarships to the children of the fighters who participated in Aleppo’s battle. The opposition’s desperation to change the balance of power in Syria has made them embrace Fateh al-Sham and turn a blind eye to the fact that it was until recently the Nusra Front, an internationally designated terrorist group with ties to al-Qaeda.


“According the Syria analyst Charles Lister, there is a significant subsection of the Syrian opposition that does not oppose Fateh al-Sham’s participation in Aleppo related military operations. Moreover, Lister said that opposition forces fighting in Aleppo received for the first time American weapons that are normally designated for forces fighting the Islamic State (ISIS). The opposition’s takeaway is that the United States does not object to preserving the balance on the ground with the Syrian regime, even if doing so indirectly bolsters Fateh al-Sham.”

While it would be a mistake to say this is the first time the US gave assistance to Al Qaeda-linked rebels in Syria, it is a pretty stunning digression from earlier claims from US officials that assisting Al Qaeda and ISIS was completely off limits. Now the US is arming them in one of the most crucial battlefields of the Syrian Civil War.

Then again, Al-Nusra/Al-Sham claims it no longer is within the Al Qaeda network (though they also appear to still hold much of the same beliefs). I guess a rebrand is all it takes for the US to take a group from sworn enemy to ally worthy of receiving anti-tank weapons.

What could go wrong?

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Restorative_Ally's picture

Anything for greater Israel.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Sure, change your name and you're no longer on the terrorist organization list, brilliant

WTFRLY's picture


CheapBastard's picture

"The Terrorists Formerly Known as A-Queda."


They got the idea from "the singer formerly known as Prince."

Paul Kersey's picture

War profiteers (US based defense contractors) make hundreds of billions of dollars selling arms to all sides of a conflict, and, if there is no conflict, they will get those Congressmen, Executive Branch advisers and former US Military generals, who are on their payrolls, to create the conflict. They loot America while they grow the deficit and grow the death tolls. Merchants of death should be locked away in prison.

toady's picture

When did we stop arming them? As far as I've researched we've been arming them since they went up against the Russians in Afghanistan in the 80s.

Sure, every once in a while they had to "accidentally" lose the weapons out in the desert, and the Clintons would get a mysterious donation somewhere down the road, but that's just the way business is done these days. 

cossack55's picture

Still one of the best takes ever........


One may substitute US for China

thesonandheir's picture

Hello Mr Kerry, nice to meet you. My name is Al Bagmummy and I head an organisation called SISI. 

I think we can help each other, no?


Citxmech's picture

This is all about our new scorched Earth policy in the ME.  We can't dominate the Grand Chessboard in Central Europe or the ME anymore, so we make sure that there's nothing left there but desolation and etermal conflict.

Hopeless for Change's picture

Excuse me, kind sir, but did you say "NEW"?????


The US has been kicking hornets' nests in the ME for many years.  

Citxmech's picture

To me, it seems like we used to buy States (Saudi Arabia) or attempt hostile takeovers (Afghanistan/Iran/Iraq), but, after the absolute failure in Iraq, our strategy now seem to focus on destroying infrastructure and seting radical factions against each other (Lybia, Syria).

knukles's picture

So when was it that all those brand new white pickups came driving out of the desert carrying thousands of newly equipped fighters that the US never saw before that date?
Lemme see ...

Who was President?
Who was Secretary of State?


Seems the Toyota Hilux pickup has been a fixture of several extremist movements

over the past few decades. Mount a 50 caliber on one and it kicks ass compared

to a Humvee.

hibou-Owl's picture

Toyota = reliability, something the yanks haven't heard of yet.

I had a hilux when I was a student, change oil and filter, then drive.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Sounds like you watched JFK again last night too.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Locked in prison?  Good one.

Try "Giving them a taste of their own medicine":  Make them live in a war sone for 10 yeears.  No phone, no ID, no credit cards.  Only a haircut and a brand on their right hand: Merchant of Death.

KickIce's picture

Take a look at their spokesperson.

Vince Offer

Offer Shlomi, better known as Vince Offer, Vince Shlomi, or "the ShamWow Guy", is an Israeli American director, writer, comedian, and infomercial pitchman. Offer's first major work was the 1999 comedy film The Underground Comedy Movie.


Lore's picture

The new name seems more honest.  They used to be called a LOAD OF CRAP (Al Qaeda, literally translated, means TOILET BOWL).  Now, at least they acknowledge that they're a SHAM!  

shining one's picture

"The Terrorists Formerly Known as" The United states of America!

neversink's picture

Once again, anit-Semitic comments like this abound at Zero Hedge. It seems to me that it isn't Israel or the Jews who are selling the weapons to Al Qaeda, etc. It is Obama (supposedly a Christian, but really a Muslim) who has approved these sales. It sin't the Jews who are the CEOs of most financial institutions. It is the Jews who are on the front line fighting against terrorism. 
It's funny how you blame a minority (about 2/10,000ths of one percent of the world's population for all the problems.
It's funny how you love to use the technology invented by Jews to broadcast your ugly message of hate against them.


casfoto's picture

Thats bullshit. The Israelis sell massive amount of weapons to anyone who wants to buy them. During the Iran/Iraq war, the US was supplying Iraq and Israel was supplying Iran. Idi Amin bought massive amounts of Israeli weapons and tried them out on his own people....south Africa also. They would sell them to anyone that has a buck. Its their religion.

JohninMK's picture

Unfortunately for them the Russians didn't get the memo and continue to bomb the shit out of them.

Volaille de Bresse's picture

And (nobody noticed this...) the CHINESE now officially support Assad and Syria. Yeah!

I wonder how Obozo and McCain will react to this...

LadiesLoveCoolJames's picture

Worked for Zima. Rebranded to Smirnoff Ice and 20 other names and now it's a popular beer alternative. Malt beverage or terrorist group, marketing is marketing.

Katos's picture

 A mercenary is a mercenary,  brand name is unimportant!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Sounds like a Marketeer from Langley decided that they needed to be "Re-Branded".

New name, new PR.  And moar arms for Brothers in Arms, stuck in dire straits.  Hit it!

True Blue's picture

It works for CIA fronts like Southern Air Transport, Evergreen Air et. al. all the time, so why not? They get found out, change the name, make a paper 'sale' and 'management change' and go right back to business as usual. It is all a propaganda shell game -see, we're the 'good guys' now; so give us all the guns and weapons you forbid to your own citizens.

Paul Kersey's picture

When have we seen Al Qaeda or ISIS go after what should be their most obvious ideological target, Israel? Israel doesn't seem to have much trouble with Sunni Muslims, but the Shia Muslims are another case altogether.

"A Lebanese public opinion poll taken in August 2006 shows that most of the Shia did not believe that Hezbollah should disarm after the 2006 Lebanon war, while the majority of Sunni, Druze and Christians believed that they should."

OCTOBER 13, 2006
How Hezbollah Defeated Israel

km4's picture

MUST SEE Sibel Edmonds: "The Rulers’ Angel-Evil-Making Process:From Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak to Turkey’s Erdogan!"  via @YouTube

sinbad2's picture

AND money, mustn't forget that gas pipe, a million dead from gas, the flatulance is bad in that part of the world.

Skiprrrdog's picture

Haven't they been bombing Syria for like 500 years? Is anything left, there?

SmittyinLA's picture

Masonry structures are tough, unlike the flammable wood structures that Americans live in.

People that live in flammable houses in a nation with no borders probably shouldn't fire bomb foreigners with unlimited relations.

undertow1141's picture

Go Obama Go, arm your brothers your kinsman.

max_leering's picture

Bomb em Vlad...  back to the fucking stone age... oh wait, they're still in the stone age... and Vlad, while you're at it, bomb those pesky u.s. "special" forces who are aligned with them

Leveraged Algorithm's picture

Nothing makes sense anymore unless their is defense money tied to it.

fannyplucker's picture

al-sham? aptly named.

RawPawg's picture

regardless of any name change

this insanity STILL continues


Mike in GA's picture

"SMART POWER" by Hillary, follow-through by Secretariat.

Duc888's picture



Money, that's why.  Faux Terrorism and False Flag attacks, it's a growth industry.

joego1's picture

They are traitors and should be impeached for adding and abetting an enemy of the U.S.

tongue.stan's picture

Is that a mushroom cloud?

(and don't call me hashbara or ashcanazi, you're all goat fucking sand niggers as far as I'm concerned)

Ignatius's picture

So "Al Qaeda" is now... "Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham."

They're just laughing at us now...

Cycle's picture
Al Qaeda In Syria Changed Its Name And Now The US Is Openly Arming Them
Ignatius's picture

They're simply asking Syria to change its name from "Syria" to the republic of "OK, Syria Will Drop To Its Knees and Suck Your Cock if You'll Just Stop Dropping Bombs on Us."

At this point and to its credit, Syria prefers to just be "Syria."

Cycle's picture

Indeed.  The neoconlibs will happily arm Satan's spawn to crush Syria into a USUK client state.  Then the gas can flow.

It did not work too well in Iraq and Afghanistan and Yemen, but at least it created a lot of jobs back home.

Allen_H's picture

I hope Syria and Russia bomb the fuck out of them.

Your time draws closer terrorist USSA.

johnnycanuck's picture

The US has been arming Al Nusra through it's proxies for quite some time now. It's not news that Nusra kept elements of the rump FSA around so Saudi Arabia could funnel weapons that came from the US through those 'Good Rebels' into the hands of the Al Qaeda affiliate.  The Islamists have been sharing in the bounty from the US through SA via Turkey for years, only the methods have changed as time went by.