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.”
“The United Nations says more than 9,000 people have been killed in Assad’s crackdown on unrest, while Syria says militants have killed at least 2,600 of its security forces.”
Of course this has been being discussed since at least 2011. See John McCain discussing military aid for Syrian rebels here.
B.O. pledged to help Syria back in March. Barack Obama’s personal pledge to aid Syria rebels The Telegraph
Fears of Syrian civil war deepen; U.S. aids opposition Reuters May 8, 2012
Pressure Builds for Tougher Line as Syria Is Said to Shun Peace Plan New York Times April 19, 2012
“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for “stronger measures” to support the cease-fire, including a Chapter 7 Security Council Resolution, which would allow the use of military force. Russia, Mr. Assad’s strongest defender, has said it will veto any effort to authorize a military intervention in Syria. Mrs. Clinton acknowledged such a resolution was likely to be vetoed by Russia, but said that even her Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, had recognized “that we are not in a static situation but a deteriorating one.”
“I think we have to do more to take tougher actions against the Assad regime,” Mrs. Clinton said. “We need to start moving very vigorously in the Security Council for a Chapter 7 sanctions resolution, including travel, financial sanctions, an arms embargo and the pressure that that will give us on the regime to push for compliance with Kofi Annan’s six-point plan.”
“Mrs. Clinton said the United States was increasing its nonmilitary aid. Other countries may be doing more with military training. But “we are expanding our communications, logistics and other support for the Syrian opposition,” she said. And in cooperation with Turkey, she said the United States was considering ways to coordinate the collection and distribution of assistance to opposition groups inside Syria.”
“She also hinted at a possible NATO role in the conflict because of Syrian shelling last week across the border into Turkey, a NATO member, where thousands of Syrian refugees have sought sanctuary. She said Turkey had discussed such an option at a NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels this week. Under an article in the NATO treaty, an attack on one member can be construed to be an attack on all.”
U.S., Arabs, others pledge aid to Syrian rebels New York Times April 1, 2012
“The United States and dozens of other countries moved closer on Sunday to direct intervention in the fighting in Syria, with Arab nations pledging $100 million to pay opposition fighters and the Obama administration agreeing to send communications equipment to help rebels organize and evade Syria’s military, according to participants gathered here.”
Syria Rebels Will Use Aid to Survive Assad Military Assault Businessweek.com April 2, 2012
“U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. will also supply opposition forces with communications gear and will increase funding for humanitarian aid to Syria.”
Al Qaeda urges Muslims to help Syria rebels February 12, 2012 CBS News
On February 12, 2012 the current head of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahri, called to all Muslims to aid the Syrian Opposition.
Leader of Al Qaeda calls on Muslims to help Syrian rebels February 12, 2012 From Fox News
“A senior Iraqi intelligence official says Al Qaeda-linked fighters already are flowing from Iraq to Syria.”
Al Qaeda Infiltrating Syria Opposition, U.S. Officials Say February 16, 2012 Washington Post
“Members of al-Qaeda have infiltrated Syrian opposition groups, and likely executed recent bombings in the nation’s capital and largest city, the United States’ top intelligence official said Thursday.”
“The remarks by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper are the most definitive to date from a senior Obama administration official on al-Qaeda’s efforts to insert itself into the Syrian uprising.”
“I wish that people inside Syria were responding as people inside Libya responded. They are not, at this point, perhaps because of the firepower and the absolute intent that we’ve seen by the Assad regime to kill whomever. But the fact is we are moving to do everything possible with the international community.”
If only there was a one-size fits all plan for regime change, right Hil?
SECRETARY CLINTON: “We have a very dangerous set of actors in the region, al-Qaida, Hamas, and those who are on our terrorist list, to be sure, supporting – claiming to support the opposition. You have many Syrians more worried about what could come next. So I don’t want to say that nothing can be done, because I don’t believe that and I feel like we are moving to the best of everyone’s ability who is concerned as we are about this.”
SECRETARY CLINTON: “But I want to make clear that for anyone watching this horrible massacre that is going on to ask yourself: Okay. What do you do? If you bring in automatic weapons, which you can maybe smuggle across the border, okay, what do they do against tanks and heavy artillery? So there’s such a much more complex set of factors. But I want to assure you part of the reason for the Tunis meeting was to see whose side who was on.”
Well, since we’re already supporting them with intelligence and humanitarian aid, and other nations have provided other aid, what next? I don’t imagine that we’re just going to leave Syrians to work it out for themselves. So will we go in with tanks and bombs, or provide them to rebels, or perform a massive PsyOp? History would say that we will be there militarily in some way, most likely with private soldiers, and it’ll never formally be declared it a war.
“QUESTION: It’s starting to look like this is going to be a long conflict. Are you worried about that? Are you worried about years of conflict in Syria, perhaps something like a Lebanon scenario with regional pairs and different groupings and armies splintering?”
“SECRETARY CLINTON: I am worried about it. I think that there’s every possibility of a civil war.”
How was this not considered a civil war if opposition forces have been fighting the Syrian government for a year?
“Outside intervention would not prevent that; it would probably expedite it.”
Is that what happened in Libya? Does the government possibly want to destabilize Syria? I’m just not sure, but there’s an interview I’m going to post, and it, along with another article may further point to the US working with Al Qaeda. Plus there’s the statement by General Wesley Clark saying that we had decided to go to Iraq on September 20, 2001 without having any evidence of Iraq ties to Al Qaeda. Supposedly there was a plan to take out seven countries in five years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. It seems those plans changed. Will this ever be blown open?
“So I think that as you try to play out every possible scenario, there are a lot of bad ones that we are trying to assess while keeping our eye on the need to get humanitarian aid in, to try to do everything we possibly can to support the Syrian opposition, to make it credible, to have it be both inside the country and outside the country speaking on behalf of the Syrian people, inclusive, representative. And we’re trying to help push a democratic transition. It took more than a year in Yemen, but finally there was a new president inaugurated. People kept being killed all the time.”
March 7, 2012
“Foreign fighters linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network are fighting on the side of Syria’s opposition, an official of the International Crisis Group, Peter Harling has said in a statement.”
“Earlier, Arab League monitors claimed that the Syrian resistance movement comprises predominantly militants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.”
“In a similar statement, Karim Emile Bitar, an expert from the French Institute for International and Strategic Relations, said that some of these foreigners were members of the Al-Qaeda network, fighting in Syria on the orders of their leader Ayman az-Zawahiri, who openly supports the Syrian opposition.”
On February 26, 2012 Hilary gave a string of interviews that I have I referenced and quoted in this post. In an interview with BBC News (watch video), Clinton said, “We have a very dangerous set of actors in the region, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, and those who are on our terrorist list, to be sure, supporting – claiming to support the opposition [in Syria].”
Edited June 3, 2012 to add links.