Al Qaeda in Syria

labrea_gwJuly 30, 2012

When they have done their job toppling Asad will the US send in the drones. There is a suggestion that they are currently a US proxy! Mnnnn probably!

Here is a link that might be useful: Who is playing what

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If you really want to get creeped out, read the comments to this linked article.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 1:45AM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

The US admits to supplying intelligence and communications to the opposition but it was only mentioned once that advisors and weapons were seen; think, Charlie Wilson's War...

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 6:37AM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes(5)

Imagine that, Al Qaeda wreaking havoc without their #1 or #2 man.

What will the US, UK and French support of al-Qaeda militants in Syria entail?

My choice:

(1) It will empower and embolden the al-Qaeda terror network.

Looking forward to the next war?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 7:15AM
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I guess we'll save this one for later!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 7:24PM
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david52 Zone 6

Interesting that the Germans think that the Houla massacre was carried out by AQ, where everything I've read - BBC, NYT, France24, thinks it was gvt militia types.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 9:17PM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

There were reports from early in the year that jihadists from Libya, Tunisia, and elsewhere were entering Syria from Turkey -- along with NATO weapons from Libya. It was just a matter of time before Al Qaeda would appear, if they were not already entering Syria with the other jihadists.

What has bothered me are the constant reports from BBC, NPR, and other media that they have no way to confirm reports coming from the rebels/FSA. Some insurgent videos have been shown to be fake. The critiques of U.S. media as depending on non-Arabic speaking journalists in the area are also troubling.

In short, another disaster in the making with Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States - our good allies - financing extremists.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 11:28PM
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david52 Zone 6

this just in: "(Reuters) - President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said.

Obama's order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence "finding," broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.

This and other developments signal a shift toward growing, albeit still circumscribed, support for Assad's armed opponents - a shift that intensified following last month's failure of the U.N. Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Damascus government.

The White House is for now apparently stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons, even as some U.S. allies do just that. /snip

There's quite a bit more information at the link

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 8:01PM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

The first question is obvious: who leaked the information to Reuters if this is supposed to be a 'secret order' and was the leaked sanctioned by the Obama Administration?

If Saudi Arabia is involved, expect extremists to be among the rebels. Does President Obama think that these jihadists/terrorists will be easy to control?

From the article: 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...

European government sources said wealthy families in Saudi Arabia and Qatar were providing significant financing to the rebels. Senior officials of the Saudi and Qatari governments have publicly called for Assad's departure...

Current and former U.S. and European officials previously said that weapons supplies, which were being organized and financed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, were largely limited to guns and a limited number of anti-tank weapons, such as bazookas.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 9:20PM
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Ah there it is on today's CNN now we will hear from the screamers & the wailers & the (....)

"Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department approved a license allowing the Washington Syrian Support Group to provide direct financial assistance to the Free Syrian Army. The Washington-based representative of the Free Syrian Army is allowed to conduct financial transactions on the rebel group's behalf but is not allowed to send military equipment."

OHHHHHH Naughty Naughty!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 8:35AM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Inside Syria: Aleppo's Christians arm against Islamists ALEPPO, Syria and BEIRUT, Lebanon -- As evidence mounts that foreign Islamists are fighting alongside Syria's increasingly radicalized rebels, Christians in Aleppo and elsewhere are taking up arms, often supplied by the regime.

"We saw what happened to the Christians in Iraq," Abu George, a Christian resident of Aleppo's Aziza district told GlobalPost. "What is going on in Aleppo is not a popular revolution for democracy and freedom. The fighters of the so-called Free Syrian Army are radical Sunnis who want to establish an Islamic state." ...

The plight of Christians in Iraq has long worried Syria's estimated two million Christians, around 10 percent of the population. The nightmare of similar persecution has led them to support the secular regime of President Bashar al-Assad, which presents itself as a defender of minorities.

With Syria now gripped by civil war and the Assad regime fighting for its survival, however, Christians like Abu George fear retribution, already occuring in some parts of the country, from the Sunni-led rebels they refused to back.

In Qseir, a town of some 60,000 people southwest of Homs, which has been under siege by regime forces for at least seven months, mosques recently rang out with the call for all Christians, who numbered around 10,000, to leave.

The breakdown of inter-communal relations in Qseir stems from both rising fundamentalism among Sunni fighters and the widespread belief that Christians had been collaborating with the Assad regime.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 7:13PM
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david52 Zone 6

Did the Houla massacre have anything to do with religious preference? Noting I've read.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 8:15PM
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