The logic of the US policy of covertly co-operating with fundamentalist Sunni groups has reached its logical conclusion. There is now "good" al-Qa'ida on our side and "bad" al-Qa'ida fighting on theirs. In Syria, the former operates under the name of the al-Nusra Front, labelled by the US as the Syrian branch al-Qa'ida, and is the main fighting force of the rebel National Coalition. This is recognised by the US, Britain and many others as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.TAGGED: Middle East
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|A weakened America is still strong, its president the most powerful leader in the world. So it matters what he does. As Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term, he is still struggling to forge a coherent foreign policy, from... more ››|