Gossip with Bombs.
There’s a definite smear of “who are the bad guys” and “who are ok enough/useful in our book” that is different between nations.
It’s the lack of black + whiteness that makes this whole thing a mess.
One says, “This guy isn’t ISIS, and even though he _was_ Al-Quaeda he’s a decent enough guy and hates ISIS too”.
Another says, “This guy was Al-Quaeda and even if he’s not strictly ISIS, he’s really similar to ISIS and we wanted to get rid of him anyway, so if you support him, you’re supporting ISIS”.
And so we’ve got competing bits of overlapping logic.
It’s gossip with bombs.