NATO powers helped put Al-Qaeda fighters in Syria in the first place
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
We are now clearly entering a new phase in the propaganda war with regard to Syria, heralded by the NATO-aligned establishment now using the presence of Al-Qaeda fighters in the country, many of whom were airlifted into Syria by NATO powers, as a justification to launch a wider military assault.
For months the establishment media has downplayed the presence and influence of Al-Qaeda rebels as a means of legitimizing the NATO-backed Free Syrian Army’s efforts to topple President Bashar Assad.
Despite innumerable bombings and assassinations targeting the regime, the fact that Al-Qaeda fighters were behind the violence was considered taboo, and some mainstream news outlets even preferred to spin conspiracy theories about Assad’s forces being behind the bombings rather than admit the truth.
The mainstream media now admits that Al-Qaeda is behind most of the anti-Assad violence in Syria and that the Syrian opposition is largely led by Al-Qaeda fighters, backed up by U.S.-funded rebels. In addition, U.S. officials likeAmbassador Susan Rice and the White House itself have all but applauded terrorist bombings in Damascus.
Back in March, leaked emails also revealed that the Pentagon was planning to direct terror attacks and assassinations inside Syria in a bid to topple Assad.
Despite the U.S. government welcoming attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda as a tool to further destabilize the Syrian government, the establishment has launched a spin campaign claiming that Al-Qaeda is merely capitalizing on the uprising in Syria when in reality Al-Qaeda is leading the uprising.
A new report out of the RAND Corporation confirms that since December, “Al Qaeda has conducted roughly two dozen attacks, primarily against Syrian security service targets. Virtually all have been suicide attacks and car bombings, and they have resulted in more than 200 deaths and 1,000 injuries.”
The report also notes how Al-Qaeda has doubled its ranks inside Syria and how its expanding presence in major cities is being funded by “a growing number of donors from the Persian Gulf and Levant,” according to the U.S. State Department.
Noticeably absent from the report however is the fact that many of these Al-Qaeda fighters were airlifted into Syria from Libya by NATO powers after the toppling of Colonel Gaddafi. As the London Telegraph reported back in November, Libyan rebel fighters and arms were being sent to Syria by the newly installed NATO puppet government.
As the Telegraph also reported, Abdulhakim Belhadj, now head of the Tripoli Military Council, “met with Free Syrian Army leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey,” after being sent there by Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the interim Libyan president.
Belhadj is the former front man for the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), an Al-Qaeda offshoot designated as a terrorist organization by the US State Department, which represented the second-largest cohort of foreign fighters in Iraq, responsible for killing U.S. troops.
These details are absent from the RAND report for a reason – the U.S. military-industrial complex and the NATO-aligned establishment media is now using the presence of Al-Qaeda fighters within Syria as a reason to attack Syria – despite the fact that NATO powers helped those terrorists enter Syria in the first place.
“In addition to helping end Bashar Assad’s rule, there is a growing need to conduct a covert campaign against al Qaeda and other extremist groups gaining a presence in the country,” writes RAND’s Seth Jones, arguing that Al-Qaeda fighters should not be thrown in the same category as the FSA because Free Syrian Army rebels are “concerned” about “Qaeda’s growing involvement.”
However, as a London Guardian report reveals, Al-Qaeda and the NATO-backed FSA are working hand in hand to destabilize Syria in preparation for regime change.
“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,” said former FSA rebel turned Al-Qaeda commander Abu Khuder, adding that Al-Qaeda fighters meet “every day” with Syrian rebels.
In addition, rebel fighters are routinely photographed wearing the Al-Qaeda motif. There are also innumerable You Tube videos that show opposition forces flying the Al-Qaeda flag.
The fact that the Guardian report divulges how closely together Al-Qaeda and the FSA are working is ironic given that for months the same newspaper has run anonymous Twitter messages claiming the bombings in Syria now admittedly carried out by Al-Qaeda were in fact false flags carried out by Assad’s forces.
In conceding that the United States and Al-Qaeda were on the same side in Syria, Hillary Clinton attempted to make a distinction by remarking that Al-Qaeda are merely “claiming to support the opposition,” when in reality, as the Guardian report and a deluge of others confirm, the relationship is symbiotic.
It is this phony distinction that NATO powers will attempt to push in justifying a military intervention in Syria on the basis of routing out Al-Qaeda, when in fact Al-Qaeda is once again allied with the military-industrial complex, just as it is in targeting Iran as the next domino to fall in the middle east.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.