US “officials” claim combined treasuries of US, UK, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, and others no match for “Twitter donations” in latest and most absurd attempt yet to cover up direct support for Al Qaeda in Syria
Sept. 22, 2013
In the latest, and perhaps most absurd attempt yet by the West to cover up direct aid, arms, and funding it has been sending to Al Qaeda throughout the duration of the Syrian conflict, the Washington Post now claims “Twitter donations” have somehow managed to outpace the collective resources of a 7 nation-plus axis who it claims is only backing “moderate” fighters in Syria.
In its article, “Private donations give edge to Islamists in Syria, officials say,” the Washington Post actually claims:
The stream of U.S. weapons heading to moderate rebel groups in Syria is being offset by a fresh torrent of cash for Islamist extremists, much of it from small networks of Arab donors who see the Syrian conflict as a step toward a broader Islamist uprising across the region, U.S. and Middle Eastern officials say.
The private donors, who use Twitter and other social media to collect millions of dollars from sympathetic Muslims, are providing crucial backing for Islamist militias that appear to be gaining ground in northern and eastern Syria, even as fighting stalls elsewhere, the officials said.
Of course, all of these networks the Washington Post claims are undermining Western efforts to bolster its army of fictitious “moderates” run through Western allied nations, including most predominantly NATO-member Turkey whose borders and the arms flowing through them are admittedly monitored and steered by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The Washington Post article also claims:
While radical groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham have long relied on charitable giving from Persian Gulf states, the flow of private cash has enabled the extremists to retain their battlefield edge despite the loss of support from key Arab backers such as Qatar, which cut off aid to the most radical groups under pressure from the United States and Saudi Arabia, U.S. and Middle Eastern officials said.
To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
Throughout the Syrian conflict, which began in 2011, the West and its regional partners has sent billions in cash, weapons, and equipment. In the March 2013 Telegraph article titled, “US and Europe in ‘major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb’,” it is reported:
It claimed 3,000 tons of weapons dating back to the former Yugoslavia have been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to the rebels, largely via Jordan since November
The story confirmed the origins of ex-Yugoslav weapons seen in growing numbers in rebel hands in online videos, as described last month by The Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, but suggests far bigger quantities than previously suspected.
The shipments were allegedly paid for by Saudi Arabia at the bidding of the United States, with assistance on supplying the weapons organised through Turkey and Jordan, Syria’s neighbours. But the report added that as well as from Croatia, weapons came “from several other European countries including Britain”, without specifying if they were British-supplied or British-procured arms.
British military advisers however are known to be operating in countries bordering Syria alongside French and Americans, offering training to rebel leaders and former Syrian army officers. The Americans are also believed to be providing training on securing chemical weapons sites inside Syria.
Additionally, The New York Times in its article, “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid,” admits that:
With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders.
The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.
The US State Department had also announced it was sending hundreds of millions of dollars more in aid, equipment and even armored vehicles to militants operating in Syria, along with demands of its allies to “match” the funding to reach a goal of over a billion dollars. The NYT would report in their article, “Kerry Says U.S. Will Double Aid to Rebels in Syria,” that:
With the pledge of fresh aid, the total amount of nonlethal assistance from the United States to the coalition and civic groups inside the country is $250 million. During the meeting here, Mr. Kerry urged other nations to step up their assistance, with the objective of providing $1 billion in international aid.
In recent weeks, the US has admitted that it is now officially arming and equipping terrorists inside of Syria. The Washington Post’s article, “U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels,” reported:
The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.
The Washington Post now expects readers and the general public to believe that somehow “Twitter donations” have managed to outpace this unprecedented multinational logistical feat and give Al Qaeda the edge over the West’s nonexistent “moderate” forces.
In reality, the Washington Post article, “Private donations give edge to Islamists in Syria, officials say,” is a hamhanded attempt to cover up the successful execution of the very conspiracy uncovered by Seymour Hersh in 2007, and clearly carried out in earnest starting in 2011. Al Qaeda has risen and perpetuated itself in Syria for nearly 3 years only for the fact that it has a 7 nation axis standing behind it – not “Twitter donations.”
Perhaps most interesting of all, however, is the description of the “donor network” the Washington Post lays out. This most likely really exists, augmenting already well-documented extremists networks NATO is using against Syria, and is how the West has funneled such extensive torrents of cash and arms into Syria. It constitutes a full-scale proxy invasion that has apparently run aground in recent months and now the West is looking to divest from these monsters of their own creation – perhaps even as a pretext to militarily intervene.
This article first appeared at LandDestroyer.blogspot.com.