Saturday 20 January 2018

How bombing could turn enemies into friends, and make group even stronger

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft is seen prior to strike operations in Syria in this undated U.S. Air Force handout combination picture released yesterday.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft is seen prior to strike operations in Syria in this undated U.S. Air Force handout combination picture released yesterday.

Ruth Sherlock

When the United States and its international coalition of allies made good on their threat to bomb Syria this week, it came with a twist.

The barrages of Tomahawk missiles and air strikes by F-22 Raptors didn't just target the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the jihadist power that President Barack Obama has vowed to "degrade and ultimately destroy".

The bombs also struck the bases and hideouts of Jabhat al-Nusra, an extremist group with affiliations to al-Qa'ida, which has been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the US.

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