September 29, 2014

Khorasan Is Al-Qaida

National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy: “There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the ‘Khorosan Group’ suddenly went from anonymity to the ‘imminent threat’ that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize. You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan – the Iranian-​Afghan border region – had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it. The ‘Khorosan Group’ is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, ‘Jabhat al-Nusra.’ … [Also], ‘Core al-Qaeda,’ you are to understand, is different from ‘Jabhat al-Nusra,’ which in turn is distinct from ‘al-Qaeda in Iraq’ (formerly ‘al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia,’ now the ‘Islamic State’ al-Qaeda spin-off that is, itself, formerly ‘al-Qaeda in Iraq and al-Sham’ or ‘al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant’). That al-Qaeda, don’t you know, is a different outfit from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula … which, of course, should never be mistaken for ‘al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,’ ‘Boko Haram,’ ‘Ansar al-Sharia,’ or the latest entry, ‘al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.’ Coming soon, ‘al-Qaeda on Hollywood and Vine.’ In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if, come 2015, Obama issued an executive order decreeing twelve new jihad jayvees stretching from al-Qaeda in January through al-Qaeda in December.”

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