Carnegie Middle East Center Director Touts Al-Qaeda as Ally

The director of the Carnegie Middle East Center has written an article on Carnegie’s official website portraying Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the Syrian Civil War, Jabhat al-Nusra, as a possible Western ally. She calls this “An Opportunity for the West.”

In a piece entitled ‘The Nusra Front’s Game-Changing Rise in Syria,’ the Director of the Middle East Center Lina Khatib argued that “The Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, is gaining in strength and popularity, and it could become an ally in the fight against the Islamic State.”

She opens by praising the group’s successes against the regime forces of Bashar al-Assad, before stating her case thus: “The West currently sees the Nusra Front as a threat. But Nusra’s pragmatism and ongoing evolution mean that it could become an ally in the fight against the Islamic State.”

In using the term ‘pragmatism’ she is comparing Nusra to the Islamic State, whose brutality has shocked the world. Nusra is certainly more pragmatic than ISIS. One of the reasons for the split between Nusra and the Islamic State as that Al-Qaeda Central leader Ayman al-Zawahiri felt that ISIS’s brutal tactics were excessive as they would alienate the local population…

h/t Marvin

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    The Allies supported Stalin during WWII.
    How did that work out?

    • eMan14

      Quite well in the short term. The Soviets took a huge toll on the German troops during WW2. The Soviets suffered more losses overall. It is estimated that 8 out of 10 German soldiers were killed by fighting the Soviet army.
      But after the war… it got more complicated.

  • Hard Little Machine

    They could hook up with ISIS in Cornell and form the new Democratic national convention.

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