Martch 16, 2013
The CIA is preparing to strike al-Qaeda in Syria, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“President Obama has not authorized drone missile strikes in Syria, however, and none are under consideration,” the newspaper reports. But the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center behind drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen “shifted several targeting officers to improve intelligence collection on militants in Syria who could pose a terrorist threat,” current and former government officials tell the newspaper.
CIA’s al-Qaeda at forefront of effort to overthrow Assad in Syria.
The CIA will assemble “detailed dossiers on key militants” and the files will be used to help “opposition figures with moderate views prevail over extremists,” according to the Times.
Excluded from the report is the fact al-Qaeda is critical to the CIA’s effort to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria and “opposition figures with moderate views” are militarily irrelevant. Without the fanatical Sunni Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda offshoot, the effort to violently unseat Assad would have failed long ago.
“The extremist group is growing in part because it has been the most aggressive and successful arm of the rebel force,” David Ignatius wrote for the Washington Post on November 30, 2012. “Jabhat al Nusra, which U.S. officials believe has links to al Qaida, has become essential to the frontline operations of the rebels fighting to topple Assad,” added David Enders, writing for McClatchy Newspapers on December 2.
In March, 2012, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that al-Qaeda and other groups on the State Department’s terror list are fighting with the officially approved opposition rebels in Syria.
In early 2012, we reported that MI6, the CIA, and British SAS were in Syria working with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian National Council to overthrow the al-Assad regime. The FSA is widely recognized as a creation of NATO. It is comprised largely of militants from the Muslim Brotherhood – itself an asset of British intelligence – and is funded, supported, and armed by the United States, Israel, and Turkey. In order to bolster its fighting ability, Saudi and Qatari funded “Islamic militants” – in other words, al-Qaeda units – were added.
Now that the CIA’s proxy paramilitary army has managed to carve out a chunk of territory in northern Syria and is moving to form a “breakaway” interim government that will be recognized by the United States and the EU as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, the U.S. has little use for al-Qaeda and its brutal affiliates.
A former CIA officer told the Los Angeles Times the move to expand the drone war into Syria may present the opportunity to target Hezbollah and other groups in the region. “It opens the door for a lot of other things,” he said.
The CIA’s public notice that it plans to use drones in Syria is a sterling example of classic problem-reaction-solution. The CIA, along with Saudi Arabia and Pakistani intelligence, are responsible for creating the vexatious monster the government and its mockingbird media insist requires and endless war on terror, the expenditure of trillions of dollars, and the erosion of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights at home as an unprecedented police state is put in place.