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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.”

U.S. Adds Forces in Persian Gulf, a Signal to Iran – NYTimes.com

3 Jul

U.S. Adds Forces in Persian Gulf, a Signal to Iran – NYTimes.com.

WASHINGTON — The United States has quietly moved significant military reinforcements into the Persian Gulf to deter the Iranian military from any possible attempt to shut the Strait of Hormuz and to increase the number of fighter jets capable of striking deep into Iran if the standoff over its nuclear program escalates.

 

The deployments are part of a long-planned effort to bolster the American military presence in the gulf region, in part to reassure Israel that in dealing with Iran, as one senior administration official put it last week, “When the president says there are other options on the table beyond negotiations, he means it.”

 

But at a moment that the United States and its allies are beginning to enforce a much broader embargo on Iran’s oil exports, meant to force the country to take seriously the negotiations over sharply limiting its nuclear program, the buildup carries significant risks, including that Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps could decide to lash out against the increased presence.

 

The most visible elements of this buildup are Navy ships designed to vastly enhance the ability to patrol the Strait of Hormuz — and to reopen the narrow waterway should Iran attempt to mine it to prevent Saudi Arabia and other oil exporters from sending their tankers through the vital passage.

 

The Navy has doubled the number of minesweepers assigned to the region, to eight vessels, in what military officers describe as a purely defensive move.

 

“The message to Iran is, ‘Don’t even think about it,’ ” one senior Defense Department official said. “Don’t even think about closing the strait. We’ll clear the mines. Don’t even think about sending your fast boats out to harass our vessels or commercial shipping. We’ll put them on the bottom of the gulf.” Like others interviewed, the official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the diplomatic and military situation.

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REUTERS LIVE STREAM NOW – EGYPT

24 Jun

REUTERS LIVE STREAM NOW from Egypt Tahrir Square  – After election reactions.

REUTERS | Islamist Morsy wins Egyptian presidency with 52 percent

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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