They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06
Patrick Cockburn: An obvious first step – close the jihadis' highway
Over the past year, Turkey has done something, but not nearly enough to
close the border to jihadis. The problem is that the US, Britain,
Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others have pretended that they are backing a
powerful non-jihadi opposition movement capable of displacing Assad.
This was the justification for keeping the border at least partly open.
But the rebels are dominated by Isis, Jabhat al-Nusra (the official
al-Qa'ida affiliate), Ahrar al-Sham and other jihadis. The Turkish Prime
Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has still not quite taken on board that
his campaign to get rid of Assad by backing the jihadis is bankrupt and
has failed. Read more