Obama Authorized US Support For Syrian Rebels Being Aided By Al Qaeda, Old News

2 Aug

As I reported on May 15 in “U.S. Aiding Syrian Rebels, Al Qaeda Aiding Syrian Rebels, Syria Says US Allied to Terrorists,” the U.S. has been backing the Syrian opposition. Reuters reported Wednesday August 1, that Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support to the rebels to overthrow the Assad regime.

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In the May 15 article, I left out the fact that wikileaks revealed cables indicating the U.S. has been funding Syrian rebels since 2005, which has continued under Obama. This past Monday July 30, The Guardian reported that Al Qaeda members are fighting with the Free Syrian Army, the same rebels funded by western governments to overthrow the Assad regime, who has been accused of committing human atrocities. It has not been a secret that the U.S. is aiding terrorists in Syria to further the middle east regime change agenda, as one can see from the many links in The Time Times May 15 article linked at the beginning of this post.

If the allegations of torture and mass killings are true, one must wonder how the current Syrian government has been in power so long with so little common sense as to drastically increase the torture and killing  of its own innocent men, women and children when the U.S. is making moves indicating another step will be made to remove Assad, a goal that has existed for years, and when the western media is fully focused on the conflict.

The foreign policy focusing on overthrowing leaders not complimentary to completing the U.S. government’s goals comes from “The Kissinger plan” of the 1970s, the plan to destabilize the middle east, which was admitted to General Wesley Clark in part in 1991, and fully revealed to him in 2001 when he learned of the goal to attack seven countries in five years.  In a 2007 piece from The New Yorker called “The Annals of National Security: The Redirection,” Seymour Hersh reveals:

“…the Saudi government, with Washington’s approval, would provide funds and logistical aid to weaken the government of President Bashir Assad, of Syria. The Israelis believe that putting such pressure on the Assad government will make it more conciliatory and open to negotiations. Syria is a major conduit of arms to Hezbollah. The Saudi government is also at odds with the Syrians over the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister, in Beirut in 2005, for which it believes the Assad government was responsible. Hariri, a billionaire Sunni, was closely associated with the Saudi regime and with Prince Bandar. (A U.N. inquiry strongly suggested that the Syrians were involved, but offered no direct evidence; there are plans for another investigation, by an international tribunal.)

In regards to Syria, Hersh also says in the 2007 article:

“A former high-ranking CIA officer told me, ‘The Americans have provided both political and financial support. The Saudis are taking the lead with financial support, but there is American involvement.’ He said that Khaddam, who now lives in Paris, was getting money from Saudi Arabia with the knowledge of the White House.”

In the Reuters article from August 1 about Obama secretly authorizing aid for Syrian rebels, it states the Obama administration has yet to give the rebels actual weapons, but they have aided in intelligence, communication, monetary funding, and some media has reported military training, while other western allies are arming the opposition directly.  According to The Guardian, Al Qaeda member Abu Khuder says his fellow fighters “are working closely with the military council that commands the Free Syrian Army brigades in the region.”
“We meet almost every day,” he said. “We have clear instructions from our [al-Qaida] leadership that if the FSA need our help we should give it. We help them with IEDs and car bombs. Our main talent is in the bombing operations. Abu Khuder’s men had a lot of experience in bomb-making from Iraq and elsewhere, he added.
Abu Khuder had been an officer in Camel Corps, a border force fighting the regime, but he grew tired of the rebels’ disorganization and ineptness at attacking the regime. According to Khuder, dedicated and orderly Islamist fighters from a neighboring village extended their assistance to the Camel Corps in Mohassen. They contacted an expert from Damascus for help, and within two days they had delivered the rebels a truck containing two tons of explosives. The Islamist fighters detonated the bomb close to the gate of a base, left town the next day, and Mohassen was free.

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Village elder and the commander of the local FSA brigade, Saleem Abu Yassir, said of the Al Qaeda opposition:
“Are they good fighters? he threw the question rhetorically into the room. “Yes, they are, but they have a problem with executions.They capture a soldier and they put a pistol to his head and shoot him. We have religious courts and we have to try people before executing them. This abundance of killing is what we fear. We fear they are trying to bring us back to the days of Iraq and we have seen what that achieved there have been.”
Interestingly enough, The Guardian reports:

“But U.S. and European officials have said that there have been noticeable improvements in the coherence and effectiveness of Syrian rebel groups in the past few weeks. That represents a significant change in assessments of the rebels by Western officials, who previously characterized Assad’s opponents as a disorganized, almost chaotic, rabble.

“Precisely when Obama signed the secret intelligence authorization, an action not previously reported, could not be determined.

“The full extent of clandestine support that agencies like the CIA might be providing also is unclear.”

“A U.S. government source acknowledged that under provisions of the presidential finding, the United States was collaborating with a secret command center operated by Turkey and its allies.

“Last week, Reuters reported that, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Turkey had established a secret base near the Syrian border to help direct vital military and communications support to Assad’s opponents.

“This ‘nerve center’ is in Adana, a city in southern Turkey about 60 miles from the Syrian border, which is also home to Incirlik, a U.S. air base where U.S. military and intelligence agencies maintain a substantial presence.

“Turkey’s moderate Islamist government has been demanding Assad’s departure with growing vehemence. Turkish authorities are said by current and former U.S. government officials to be increasingly involved in providing Syrian rebels with training and possibly equipment.”

The Guardian provides more quotes from Abu Khuder that may provide some insight:

“Free Syrian Army has no rules and no military or religious order. Everything happens chaotically… Al-Qaida has a law that no one, not even the emir, can break.

“The FSA lacks the ability to plan and lacks military experience. That is what [al-Qaida] can bring. They have an organisation that all countries have acknowledged.

“In the beginning there were very few. Now, mashallah, there are immigrants joining us and bringing their experience…Men from Yemen, Saudi, Iraq and Jordan. Yemenis are the best in their religion and discipline and the Iraqis are the worst in everything – even in religion.

“[Al-Qaida’s] goal is establishing an Islamic state and not a Syrian state. Those who fear the organisation fear the implementation of Allah’s jurisdiction. If you don’t commit sins there is nothing to fear.”

At  friendsofsyria.wordpress.com we are given a point of view contradictory to the picture presented by western media. Please note I cannot confirm this information, however, if it is not a Syrian government-run site, it does illustrate the opinions of at least some Syrians:

“In the Western World, if a group of armed masked men hid among peaceful protestors and then started firing at the police and killing indiscriminately, they are called terrorists. So why is it, when it happens in Syria it is called a conspiracy. Why is there one rule for the Middle East and a different one for the rest of the worldor is it a way of saying, there can’t possibly be terrorists in the Middle East because the US sees everyone in the Middle East as a terrorist.The media are portraying a country which has its people demonstrating against their President, just to give the US an excuse to invade the country to save the people, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The people of Syria love their President and are willing to give their lives for him. There is not another head of state on this planet who is revered by his people as Bashar Assad.

“Having being in Syria when the troubles unfolded and witnessing how the country loves their president. I was shocked to see the lies coming from the International Press on the events in Syria, giving a totally twisted view of events. Tens of thousands took to the streets in an impromptu demonstration, to show their support for President Bashar Al Assad and their distain at Al Jazeera for their continued reporting of lies. Later news reports, turned footage of the support, as demonstrations against the President. The question should be asked, is why are they telling all these lies? What is the hidden agenda of the press to completely reverse a story at the risk of war? In a peaceful country, where different religions, live in harmony. Who is it who will gain from causing trouble in Syria?

“Why are Syrians around the world demonstrating in support of President Bashar Al Assad, when usually, you would expect ex-pat Syrians to be the first to protest against the President if he is as bad as we are led to believe. They love him worldwide, but none of these demonstrations even make it onto the news.”

One Response to “Obama Authorized US Support For Syrian Rebels Being Aided By Al Qaeda, Old News”

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  1. News That Proves We’re Screwed – The Fall of The Republic « The Time Times - August 30, 2012

    […] It is not a secret that the U.S. government is funding Syrian rebels, who include members of Al Qaeda, but this may be the first time they have openly called for “two cheers” in praise of the radical Islamic Jihadists fighting against the Assad regime. I find it odd that the title is so complimentary, yet in the article it specifically says, “Of course, Syrian Islamists are no friends of the United States–merely the enemies of one of its enemies.” This is like smiling while delivering horrible news of betrayal. When I read that, I got this picture in my head of a woman smiling as she says to her friend “Let’s go celebrate your marriage with ice cream! Of course, your husband is cheating on you.” Backwards is forwards, up is down, wrong is right, logic is insanity. […]

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