Did former Tony Blair aide Jonathan Powell meet with an Al-Qaeda front organization? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Did former Tony Blair aide Jonathan Powell meet with an Al-Qaeda front organization?

A media report says he did; the British Foreign Office refuses to comment. Recent events, however, are not inconsistent with both the motives for and potential results of such a meeting, which fits Powell’s MO to a T.

It was a headline designed to catch the attention of anyone reading it: “British intelligence suggests al-Nusra start cooperating with West.” According to an unnamed “diplomatic source in Moscow”, Tony Blair’s former Chief of Staff, Jonathan Powell, held a meeting with Mohammad al-Julani, the head of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), formerly known as Jabhat Al-Nusra, an Al-Qaeda affiliate based in the Syrian Province of Idlib, where it is actively engaged in operations against the Syrian government headed by President Bashar Assad.

The purpose of the meeting, according to the source quoted by Russian news agency TASS, was to encourage HTS to build closer ties with the West to re-brand HTS as a pro-Western, anti-Assad group, thereby opening the door for the provision of financial and material support to HTS’ struggle against Assad.

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