first published on June 3, 2017 by Josh
When groups like Hayʼat Tahrir al-Sham and the Islamic State meet each other on the field of battle, the real victors are the peace loving people of the world who would like to live in an environment where there is no terrorism. It’s much the same in Afghanistan when we see the Taliban clashing with the ISIS-K, or when extremist groups would clash with each other in Iraq over their own petty differences. When groups like this clash, the only thing the rest of the world should do is drop ordinance at key locations that allow both sides to continue their advances against one another. Watching them do battle with each other just means less gunfights for the rest of the world, and I don’t think anyone can be upset at that.
For those who are uninitiated in the politics of the Syrian Civil War, or the various factions that exist and are fighting on all sides, both of the groups featured in this video are terrorist organizations. One, the Islamic State, is world famous for their brutal terror attacks around the globe, and the blitzkrieg like efficiency they showed while dominating and toppling a multitude of positions inside of Iraq. The other, HTS or Hayʼat Tahrir al-Sham is an active Salafist jihadist militant group operating on the ground inside of Syria that formed in January of 2017 when several extremist factions of the Free Syrian Army decided to conduct a large merger under a title that would separate them from Al Qaeda.
Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham loosely translates to Organization for the Liberation of the Levant or Levant Liberation Committee. The group is currently led by former Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and former Ahrar al-Sham leaders, although their highest levels of command consist of leaders from other groups and organizations like Al Qaeda. They formed on January 28, 2017, and are primarily comprised of members from the terror organizations formerly known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly al-Nusra Front), the Ansar al-Din Front, Jaysh al-Sunna, Liwa al-Haqq, and the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement. Some media organizations still refer to this group in it’s entirety as the Al-Nusra front, but as time passes they are being recognized more and more as Al-Qaeda or HTS.
The Islamic State is a group that needs no introduction, as anyone who has spent time in reality within the past four years knows exactly who and what they are. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also known as Daesh, is a is a Salafi jihadist terrorist organisation of colossal scale. The group founded during the earliest stages of the Iraq War, and only rose to power in the country after coalition forces left, and created a power vacuum that the organization was able to capitalize on. The primary objective of the organization has been the establishment of a global Sunni Islamic Caliphate on a world wide scale since at least 2004 when the group originally formed.