Jabhat Fatah al-Sham video mentions Gary Johnson’s Aleppo gaffe

Published September 22nd, 2016 - 10:28 GMT
Gary Johnson is in 3rd place in US presidential polls (AFP/File)
Gary Johnson is in 3rd place in US presidential polls (AFP/File)

Libertarian Party US presidential candidate Gary Johnson made international headlines when he asked “what is Aleppo?” on MSNBC. Panned for not knowing the crucial city in war-torn Syria, Johnson may have actually come out ahead after the gaffe as it got the former governor considerable media coverage.

But not everyone is letting him forget his comments, including Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Nusra Front), who mentioned Johnson in a recent propaganda video.

According to the above video tweeted by Jake Codin of the news site Newsy, the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham video discussed why the latest ceasefire in Syria is bad, according to the jihadist rebel group, that is. They used Johnson’s comments to make a point regarding Aleppo’s importance to their cause.

Johnson campaigns on a largely non-interventionist foreign policy platform, and criticizes many US interventions in the Middle East. According to the latest poll averages by Real Clear Politics, he is currently at 8.6% nationwide. To the dismay of his supporters, Johnson did not qualify for the first US presidential debate on Monday.

Although Johnson was included in Jabhat Fatah al-Sham’s video, the rebel group has not endorsed any candidate in the US presidential election.



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