Secretary of State says nothing about CIA’s foreign mercenaries, including al-Qaeda
May 22, 2013
During a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman, Secretary of State John Kerry said Hezbollah is fighting alongside al-Assad’s soldiers in Syria with Iranian support, according to Reuters.
On Tuesday, ahead of Kerry ‘s visit, a senior State Department official said the “Syrian Government is welcoming Iranian help and Hezbollah help.”
The unnamed official also said the U.S. knows Iran and Hezbollah cooperate in a number of countries, “not just in Syria. And so it is not a surprise that Iran would be there with Hezbollah on the ground. We do have consistent reports of Hezbollah fighters on the ground.”
The official also said the United States government has reports “from several of the commanders that Hezbollah fighters are directly engaged in fighting literally on the streets.”
The State Department declarations about Hezbollah fighters and Iranian assistance ignores the fact that the CIA is arming and supporting foreign mercenaries in Syria. In addition to CIA sponsored mercenaries, the presence of British and Qatari troops have been reported in Syria. “There is ample evidence that this armed insurgency is directly supported by the US and NATO. There is also evidence that these armed groups are responsible for killing civilians and carrying out terrorist acts,” Michel Chossudovsky noted last February.
In April, Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service Director Viktor Ivanov said around 20,000 foreign mercenaries financed by Afghan drug trafficking are attempting to overthrow the al-Assad regime in Syria.
“Transnational organized crime groups can ensure an inflow of a huge number of criminals and mercenaries from certain countries to any part of the world with proceeds from heroin sales,” Ivanov told the Ria Novosti news service.
Afghanistan’s drug trade “is funding insurgency, international terrorism and wider destabilization,” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in 2011. In 2009, we reported that the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a suspected kingpin of the country’s booming opium trade, had been on the CIA payroll for years prior to his assassination.
During the CIA’s successful effort to defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, the agency institutionalized drug production. “In order to augment their funds, rebel chieftains began to grow poppies, refine opium into heroin, and sell the drug in the U.S. and Europe,” Robert Friedman wrote in the early 1990s.
Ivanov’s statement coincided with remarks by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich. “Syria’s transformation into a center of attraction for international terrorists is becoming an alarming reality,” he told the Interfax news agency.
“Field reports from the ground inside Syria point towards a difficult and complex situation, with the country teeming with foreign mercenaries, including westerners, with outside forces using Saudi, Turkey and Qatar as proxies to support minority groups and destabilize the status quo,” Russia’s Pravda reported on Tuesday.
Since the beginning of the effort to overthrow al-Assad and install a more complaisant government in Syria, the United States, the UK, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and Turkey have “sent billions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into Syria along side known-terrorists from Libya, Chechnya, neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq,” writes Tony Cartalucci.
Finally, al-Qaeda in Iraq has taken over the foreign financed and CIA-supported effort to depose al-Assad. “The most feared and effective rebel group battling President Bashar al-Assad, the Islamist Nusra Front, is being eclipsed by a more radical jihadi force whose aims go far beyond overthrowing the Syrian leader,” Reuters reported last week. “Many Syrians turned a blind eye to the growing presence of foreign and Arab jihadi fighters in its ranks.”
The foreign presence within the ranks of mercenaries in Syria is epitomized by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaeda affiliated group. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has relocated to northern Syria to take control of al-Qaeda forces inside the country.
Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. government support al-Qaeda in Syria, although they continue to decry the presence of the terrorist group and its offshoots, including al-Nusra. Kerry knows that Hezbollah, with Iranian support, will make the task of overthrowing al-Assad and moving the globalist “Arab Spring” destabilization plan forward more difficult.
The complaint about Hezbollah is a crucial component of a pretext required to argue for more direct military support of al-Qaeda in Syria and the ouster of al-Assad.