Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Are Not Terrorists: Interview With Al-Julani

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Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Are Not Terrorists: Interview With Al-Julani

Abu Mohammad al-Julani, a leader of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda)

The MSM  campaign to whitewash Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), al-Qaeda’s main branch in Syria, is still going in full force. 

On April 2, the American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) published a part of an interview with HTS’ terrorist leader Abu Mohamad al-Julani. The leader was interviewed by PBS journalist Martin Smith on February 1 and 14. The rare interview will be part of an upcoming FRONTLINE documentary examining al-Julani’s emergence.

In the interview, al-Julani claims that HTS, which controls the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, don’t pose a threat to the US and the rest of the West. He also calls on Washington to remove him from its list of designated terrorists.

“First and foremost, this region [Greater Idlib] does not represent a threat to the security of Europe and America,” al-Julani told Smith. “This region is not a staging ground for executing foreign jihad.”

The terrorist leader went on to claim that his forces are only fighting Syrian government forces and ISIS, ignoring all the time HTS slaughtered US and Turkish-backed fighters.

When asked by Smith why people should consider him as a leader in Syria if he is designated as a terrorist, al-Julani called the terrorist designation “unfair” and “political”.

Al-Julani admitted, shockingly, that had been critical of Western policies toward the Middle East. However, he quickly noted HTS “didn’t say we want to fight” the West.

The terrorist said his involvement with Al Qaeda “has ended,” as if it was a gym membership. He also claimed that HTS is “against carrying out operations outside of Syria,” indicating that group is only interested in carrying out terrorist attacks within the country’s border.

Al-Julani also denied oppressing civilians in Idlib, claiming that HTS only detains “regime agents,” “Russian agents” and ISIS members. The terrorist added that “there is no torture” in his group’s infamous prisons.

The claims made by al-Julani in the interview are nothing but a pile of lies. The MSM is actively promoting these lies in the West as well as in the rest of the world.

You don’t have to look much to realize that HTS is a brutal, radical terrorist group. Recently, a video showing the group training children for combat in Greater Idlib was leaked. The video reflects the real image of the group.


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