Jacques Hamel, Francois Murad, Paolo Dall’Oglio, Frans van der Lugt, and the rest.

August 2011:

ISIS’s Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi sends a group of fighters led by Abu Mohammad al-Golani to Syria in order to set up an offshoot. This group declared its existence in January 2012, calling itself Jabhat al-Nusra. In November 2012, WaPo’s David Ignatius called it “the most aggressive and successful arm of the rebel force”.

August 2012:

High-ranking French security official:“How do you to make a legally sound terrorism case against a guy who went to help depose Bashar Assad…We know Islamist groups that promote and sponsor terrorism are present and fighting in Syria now. But what their members are involved in there now is insurgency, not terror. For now, you basically have one anti-Assad guy with a Kalashnikov and a beard, and another anti-Assad guy with a Kalashnikov and no beard. How are you going to charge a French citizen who goes to Syria to fight with one of those rebels, but not the other?”

December 2012:

French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius: “all the Arabs” opposed the US decision to put al-Nusra on its terrorist list because “they are doing a good job on the ground”.

July 2013:

Horrific video shows Syrian Catholic priest[Francois Murad] being ‘beheaded by jihadist fighters[of al-Nusra].

February 2014:

Archbishop of Syriac Catholic Archeparchy of Al Hasakah-Nisibis, Jacques Behnan Hindo: “The US, France, UK, do nothing but add posion to things by adding these opposing, these factions, more than half of which have come from outside…[Fabius, Kerry and others]excuse my expression, they are screwing all Syrians.”

July 2016:

Father Jacques Hamel, beloved Priest of St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray Parish, was celebrating Mass when two men with knives entered the small church and slit his throat. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

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