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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.”

Al-Qaida turns tide for rebels in battle for eastern Syria | The Guardian

31 Jul

From TheGuardian.com “Al-Qaida turns tide for rebels in battle for eastern Syria”

“In his latest exclusive dispatch from Deir el-Zour province, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad meets fighters who have left the Free Syrian Army for the discipline and ideology of global jihad.”

a man sprays an Arabic slogan - No Islam without Jihad - on a wall

A member of a jihadist group sprays the slogan ‘No Islam without Jihad’ in Arabic on the wall at a border crossing with Turkey. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

“As they stood outside the commandeered government building in the town of Mohassen, it was hard to distinguish Abu Khuder’s men from any other brigade in the Syrian civil war, in their combat fatigues, T-shirts and beards.

But these were not average members of the Free Syrian Army. Abu Khuder and his men fight for al-Qaida. They call themselves the ghuraba’a, or “strangers”, after a famous jihadi poem celebrating Osama bin Laden’s time with his followers in the Afghan mountains, and they are one of a number of jihadi organisations establishing a foothold in the east of the country now that the conflict in Syria has stretched well into its second bloody year.

They try to hide their presence. “Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags,” said Abu Khuder. “They fear America will come and fight us. So we fight in secret. Why give Bashar and the west a pretext?” But their existence is common knowledge in Mohassen. Even passers-by joke with the men about car bombs and IEDs.

According to Abu Khuder, his men 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 spoke later at length. He reclined on a pile of cushions in a house in Mohassen, resting his left arm which had been hit by a sniper’s bullet and was wrapped in plaster and bandages. Four teenage boys kneeled in a tight crescent in front of him, craning their necks and listening with awe. Other villagers in the room looked uneasy.”

Read the rest of the article at The Guardian

 

Syrian Rebels Fly Al Qaeda Flag  (YouTube & thetimetimes.com)

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Syrian Rebels Fly Al Qaeda Flag

27 Jun

“It didn’t happen in Afghanistan or the tribal regions in Pakistan. It actually happened in the town of Binsh in Idleb province northern Syria. The Syrian terrorists inspired by their fellows in Libya raised Al-Qaeda flag to express publicly their terrorist beliefs.

What kind of revolution that claims to demand freedom while at the same time raises Al-Qaeda flag!?”

 

Syrian rebels pose with Al Qaeda flag

 

See more related to Syria from thetimetimes.com here

Syria Crisis Digest: May 26 – June 1 Huffington Post

4 Jun

Syria Crisis Digest: May 26 – June 1.| from Huffington Post

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Details of Torture by The U.S. Government Will Continue to Be A Secret

27 May

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The topic of torture by the U.S. government has been brought to the surface once again since The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York upheld the decision to withhold information concerning the treatment of detainee Abu Zubaydah, even though cables exist that describe waterboarding torture and a photo of the “high value” detaineee, Zubaydah. This came about as part of a long-running lawsuit brought by ACLU.

2nd Circuit: President Can Declare Proof that President Authorized Torture Secret at emptywheel.net May 21, 2012

A Court Covers Up New York Times May 24, 2012

Court Document (pdf)

Either Torture Is Ongoing or The Administration Is Hiding Something Else  at emptywheel.net May 25, 2012

Prisoners in Guantanamo Bay being subjected to sensory deprivation.

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U.S. Aiding Syrian Rebels, Al Qaeda Aiding Syrian Rebels, Syria Says US Allied to Terrorists

15 May

The U.S. is Aiding Syrian Rebels, Al Qaeda is Aiding Syrian Rebels, Syria Says US Allied to Terorrists…Terrorist-Hunting TSA Still in Your Kid’s Pants

Excerpts from ‘Syria says U.S. allied to “terrorists” in country’ Reuters May 12, 2012

(Reuters) -“ Syria accused the United States and Western countries on Saturday of colluding with al Qaeda-linked militants to target the country, in the wake of a string of explosions in Damascus and Aleppo the government has blamed on foreign-backed fighters.”

“Western countries and the United States, which made alliances to wage wars using the pretext of fighting terrorism, are now making alliances with the terrorists which Syria has been facing,” Information Minister Adnan Hasan Mahmoud told journalists in Damascus on Saturday.”

“He said attacks such as a deadly twin car bombing in Damascus on Wednesday which killed 55 people showed that elements linked to the global militant group al Qaeda were targeting Syria.”

“Opposition to Assad, which began with peaceful protests in March 2011 inspired by popular revolts against other Arab autocratic leaders, has grown increasingly militarized.”

“Western countries, Turkey and Gulf Arab states have vocally supported the opposition movement and offered money for communications tools and other equipment, but only the Gulf has openly called for foreign powers to arm the rebels.”

“Many activists and fighters say Gulf countries are quietly channeling money or weapons to the rebels through private donors.”

“With the truce deal in tatters, many in the opposition have questioned the viability of Annan’s peace plan. The information minister said the opposition and its supporters were trying to thwart the initiative.”

“This is a grave violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions on fighting terrorism and to international envoy Kofi Annan‘s plan. It asks for tangible steps forward from armed groups and their supporting countries, who are trying to foil the mission,” the minister said.”

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Pictures of UN Observer in Syria With Rebels, Civilians, & Man in Shirt With Al Qaeda Symbol

15 May

Here is a U.N. observer with Syrian rebels in April.

U.N. Monitors Tour Rebel-Held Syrian Town
April 22, 2012 nytimes.com
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From The New York Times

“Syria’s state-run news agency, SANA, said United Nations monitors visited the central city of Hama on Sunday, where they met with the governor, while opposition activists said observers visited Rastan, a rebel-held town south of Hama. An amateur video posted online showed two white United Nations vehicles driving in Rastan accompanied by a red pickup truck with the words “Free Army” written on it.”

 

The next photo is from earlier this month.  It shows a U.N. observer walking with a man wearing a shirt with an Al Qaeda flag emblem, according to the caption.  I cannot make out the symbol.

UN Observer with man wearing shirt bearing Al Qaeda Flag, according to caption.
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Getty Images 1 week ago

A man wearing a black shirt bearing an Al-Qaeda flag (L) speaks with a UN observer as monitors meet with rebels and civilians in the village of Azzara in the province of Homs on May 4, 2012. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the unrest in Syria has killed more than 11,000 people since an anti-regime uprising broke out in March last year.”

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