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Charles Lister

Director, Counterterrorism and Extremism, Middle East Institute

Charles Lister is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Counterterrorism and Extremism at the Middle East Institute. He is the author of "The Syrian Jihad: al Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency" (Oxford, 2016).

US Officials Just Mislabeled a Syrian Terror Group as al Qaeda. Worse, They’re Missing a Far Bigger Threat

The HTS group is not part of al Qaeda, but at loggerheads with it. Meanwhile, a smaller group is plotting global jihad.