Panetta: ‘There Is an Al Qaeda Presence in Syria’


The Weekly Standard
May 13, 2012

Editor’s Comment: Pentagon Warmongers redefine al Qaeda to suit their purposes. The West airlifted al Qaeda to Syria from the Libyan battleground where they were allies, yet claim ‘not to know what al Qaeda is up to’ in Syria. And before they were our enemy under Bush and Clinton’s War on Terror, they were allies in Afghanistan and the Balkans.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta confirmed on Friday that al Qaeda has a “presence in Syria.” [...]

Al Qaeda anywhere is a concern for us,” said Panetta. “And we do — we do have intelligence that indicates that there is an al Qaeda presence in Syria. But frankly, we don’t have very good intelligence as to just exactly what their activities are. And that’s the reason we can’t really indicate specifically what they are or are not doing. But they are a concern. And frankly, we need to continue to do everything we can to determine what kind of influence they are trying to exert there.

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