Jürgen Todenhöfer, reporter for the German news outlet Kölner Stadtanzeiger (also an author and politician) has interviewed a Jabhat Fatah al sham (Jabhat al Nusrah) commander Abu al-Ezz in Aleppo recently (16 September 2016).
Original German article:
- Kölner Stadtanzeiger article (26 Sep 2016) – Interview mit Al Nusra-Kommandeur “Die Amerikaner stehen auf unserer Seite”:
English translated article:
- Moon of Alabama article (26 Sep 2016) – Todenhöfer: Interview With Al-Nusra Commander “The Americans stand on our side”:
The interview was published on the 26 September 2016 and is very revealing to say the least. He explains financiers and backers that assist the group, often through other regional ally conduits and training assistance given by Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States.
Much of this has been suspected for some time and explains in part why Jabhat al Nusrah has not been targeted by the US/UK during offensives led by or in co-operation with Jabhat al Nusrah. If nothing else, this powerful and influential group established in January 2012 is serving US foreign policy aims by fighting the Syrian Arab Army and associated militias including fundamentalist Shi’a groups.
- Known and questioned many times, now confirmed by US Colonel Chris Garver. US military is not targeting Jabhat al Nusrah (now Jabhat Fatah al Sham):
However Jabhat Fatah al Sham are not fighting for a democratic, free Syria, the alleged stated aim quoted by Western politicians and main stream media outlets throughout the conflict to justify opposition support.
The commander also states that Western deemed moderate groups have been with (on the side of) Jabhat Fatah al Sham and fundamentalist Islamic opposition representatives who took part in Geneva talks also fight alongside Jabhat Fatah al Sham.
This particular fact has been reported time and again on The WIDER View, conclusively proving close co-operation despite the best efforts of opposition groups to hide this fact. This co-operation and integration will cause huge problems in the future, it already has played a significant part in the failure of the latest COH agreement brokered by the US and Russia. That being the requirement of Western deemed moderate groups to separate from fundamentalist Islamic groups and coalitions which was rejected by a number of significant Western deemed moderate groups.
- Following the start of the new Syrian ceasefire agreement, some opposition groups are not in agreement with the proposals:
Now this close co-operation is overt, more so following Jabhat Fatah al Sham’s name change from Jabhat al Nusrah and alleged separation from al Qaeda. This was closely followed (within days) by a large scale offensive in South and South West Aleppo by Western deemed moderate and fundamentalist Islamic groups led by the fundamentalist Islamic coalition Jaish al Fatah (Army of Conquest) which is led by Jabhat Fatah al Sham and Ahrar al Sham.
This large scale offensive must have been planned some time before Jabhat Fatah al Sham changed their name, a few days is not enough time to plan and lead such an operation with multiple opposition groups.
UPDATE: 28 September 2016:
Following the publication of the interview held by Jürgen Todenhöfer, Jabhat Fatah al sham have stated that the interview did not occur and they do not recognize the name of the Jabhat Fateh al Sham commander Abu al-Ezz featured in the interview.
Questions are being raised regarding the confession of working with the US and Israel (which would be deemed apostasy), further updates will follow if / when confirmed.
That said, The Times of Israel and Al Jazeera have previously reported that Israel have provided medical care for wounded Jabhat Fatah al Sham fighters, is that also apostasy?