“Any personal message you want to send to the people in the state department who want to support you? I’m talking with them in the morning my time”
The Ahrar Al sham’s leader answered with “My reply to your message will be in public”, and followed through by leaking out the private message in a tweet.
This would not be the first time a think tank suggests that ALQaeda become the US’s new best friend. In January 2014 the CFR wrote an article headlined ” The good and Bad of Ahrar Al-Sham: An Al Qaeda-Linked Group Worth Befriending”. But it is the first time an american analyst has shown his links and support for ALQaeda so directly, and exposed members of the State Department along with him.