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People have a lot of doubts about this interview with an alleged jihadi in Syria.
German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer on Monday posted a video titled “America supporting al Qaeda?” In it, Todenhöfer is shown driving across a landscape in Syria before sitting down with a man described as a commander with Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda–affiliated group in Syria that is fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Over the course of the interview, conducted in English and Arabic, the commander claims that the US supports his group through advisers and indirectly supplying weapons. Since the interview went up, however, people have been skeptical about the claims made. In July, the group renamed itself “Jabhat Fateh al-Sham” and reportedly cut its ties with al-Qaeda. The fighter in the video claimed that his group and al-Qaeda were one in the same, which immediately raised red flags. BuzzFeed News’ Hayes Brown explains.
The group’s official media arm put out a statement saying that no commander with the name that Todenhöfer said he interviewed actually exists. Facebook: JuergenTodenhoefer
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Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, laughed when directly asked whether the Syrian government was responsible for bombing hospitals in Aleppo. The video was taken as he was on his way to a meeting of the Security Council about protecting medical workers in combat zones, just hours after Aleppo’s largest hospitals were attacked.
Averting government shutdown: Congress passed a measure to continue funding the government through Dec. 9, which includes $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and provides flood relief for Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, and West Virginia.
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These Asos warehouse workers are paying the true price of your order.
The heart of the online retailer’s global empire is a giant warehouse in the north of England where workers say they are treated like machines to get your order to you wherever you are in the world. A BuzzFeed News investigation reveals allegations of exploitative contracts, an overbearing security regime, and stressed workers.
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