In an interview with several media groups, including Al Jazeera, al-Nusra Front’s leader Abu Mohamad al-Joulani said the Riyadh conference was part of a “conspiracy” to revive and sustain the regime of President Bashar al-Assad…Joulani also defended his organisation’s relationship with al-Qaeda, praising it for defeating “the West’s designs against Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq”.
As the SDF we will target ISIS wherever they are. Jarabulus and Raqqa are among areas we should go to liberate. But it is obvious that Turkey has delayed the liberation of Jarabulus, and this is the reason that ISIS has remained there. Turkey’s call for a “no-fly zone” in these areas is to halt and sabotage our advance. Turkey gave ISIS an opportunity to fortify its positions, plant landmines and dig trenches and tunnels. But in the meantime there is public demand for the liberation of those territories. We are committed to answer people’s demand to liberate them from ISIS barbarities. We are fully prepared for this operation and in time you should see these areas liberated with our flags flying there.
The era of superpower hegemony is over, and that of non-state actors has arrived. Fourteen years after 9/11, the US has — let’s be blunt — been repeatedly defeated by radical Islam. Look at Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, or even Yemen. The US can drop a thousand bombs from a thousand drones, yet cannot dictate outcomes to a hydra-headed monster. The California school shooting showed that the US is unsafe even at home. Paris is the latest European scene of devastation. Radical Islamic thought has effortlessly penetrated national borders and created terrorists within the US and Europe.