According to former US diplomat Jim Jatras to stay in the game in Syria, the United States show a willingness to cooperate with terrorist groups close to al Qaeda.
After the attacks of September 11, 2001 attacks by Al-Qaeda, the United States cooperate with the terrorist group as they did in Libya, Bosnia and Kosovo, said Jim Jatras.
A senior Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham , which has links with al-Qaeda would have made the United States the end of 2015, according to a US news website.
The head of the Syrian group, al Labib Nahhas, who calls himself “chief of Foreign Policy Affairs of Ahrar ash-Sham,” would have gone to the US capital for a short visit in December.
[The United States] know that if they do not cooperate with Al Qaeda, they have no option in Syria and they will have to accept that Assad remains in power
RT: What do you think of the visit of a senior Ahrar al-Sham group in the US? What do you think of the vague answer that gave the State Department questioned about that?
Jim Jatras (DD): They tap dancing. Honestly, the fact that such people could make the US casts doubt on their credibility. What we do not have visa control? We do not pay attention to who enters our country from a country at war? And they want us to believe that US government officials knew nothing of this visit? Mark Toner said that the representative [of Ahrar al-Sham] had met no one here at the State Department. I infer that he met other people in other departments.
If the United States, the Obama administration had a rational policy, we would reverse
RT: Do you know the reason for this visit to the United States?
JJ: I think it was operational meetings. We hear more and more talk about a so-called Plan B , in case the Russian and Syrian governments did not submit and did not accept Assad’s departure at the end of the transition period. The Saudis and the Turks threaten us -and honestly, the Obama administration supports – to win these terrorist groups if we do not get what we want in the transition. This worries me a lot … They go further supported these terrorist groups. And I think qu’Ahrar Al-Sham is a key component, despite its close links with Al-Qaeda and Al-Nosra Front , as well as his involvement in the massacre of Zarah .
RT: Why US officials continue to work with this group which has close links to al Qaeda, saying they are not terrorists? Do you think the United States will be, in a way, forced to return to their positions or they will persist?
JJ: I think they will persist. Everyone knows in Washington. They know that Ahrar al-Sham and other so-called moderate groups are closely linked to Al-Nosra Front and Al-Qaeda . And they did not depart because they know that if they do not cooperate with Al Qaeda, they have no option in Syria and they will accept both the fact that Assad remains in power and the terrorists are defeated. And they can not accept it.
All the evidence seems to suggest that [the United States] continues to receive orders from Riyadh, Ankara and the Gulf countries who want to ensure the victory of the terrorists
RT: As evidence accumulates, is not it increasingly difficult for the US to deny that there is a link between Ahrar al-Sham and Al Qaeda? Will they not have to re-evaluate their position at a given time?
JJ: No, I think not. They know that there is a link. And they also know that most Americans do not make any attention. And here we are: the years after the attacks of September 11, 2001 attacks by al Qaeda against the United States, we cooperate with Al Qaeda as we did in Libya, Bosnia and Kosovo. They simply do not care because most Americans do not care.
RT: So how lead to peace negotiations if, obviously, neither Russia nor Assad does not care?
JJ: I’m not optimistic. I really am not. If the United States, the Obama administration had a rational policy, we would back off, we repenserions our policy but the evidence shows the opposite. From time to time you hear someone say, “Look, there is an agreement between Moscow and Washington.” But in my opinion, all the evidence seems to suggest that they [the United States] continues to receive orders from Riyadh, Ankara and the Gulf countries who want to ensure the victory of the terrorists.