November 29, 2011
News of France’s effort to arm and train anti-Assad rebels in Turkey is all over the alternative and foreign media, but suspiciously absent in the establishment media.
Milliyet, a major Turkish newspaper, reported last week that France has sent its military training forces to Turkey and Lebanon to train the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA). The FSA is supported by the British intelligence asset the Muslim Brotherhood and the al-Qaeda infested National Transitional Council in Libya.
“The report comes as an earlier report had revealed that the British and French intelligence agencies have reportedly tasked their agents with contacting Syrian dissidents based in the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli in order to help fuel unrest in Syria,” Press TV reports. “Reports also said that French intelligence agents have been sent to northern Lebanon and Turkey to build the first contingents of the Free Syrian Army out of the deserters who have fled Syria.”
NATO worked directly with the al-Qaeda rebels to take down Moammar Gaddafi in Libya. Britain and France sent in special forces troops to train and arm the rebels.
The United Nations resolution that imposed a no-fly zone over Libya did not “authorize member states to support rebels, defend armed insurgent groups, remove Qaddafi from office, or take steps to prevent Qaddafi’s use of mercenaries,” writes Dave Schuler. Despite this, the U.S., France and Britain worked closely with the al-Qaeda “rebels” and later set them up to rule the country.
Now the al-Qaeda Libyan rebels are being used to unseat al-Assad in Syria. “The same Al-Qaeda terrorists who fought U.S. troops in Iraq and helped NATO overthrow Colonel Gaddafi are now being airlifted into Syria to aid rebels there topple President Bashar al-Assad,” Paul Watson wrote on Monday. “Libya’s transitional ruling authority has agreed to send weapons and fighters over to Syria to help the Free Syrian Army fight government forces.”
“Members of the Free Syrian Army on the borders of Lebanon and Turkey denied rumors circulating in Tripoli that ‘hundreds’ of Libyans had tried to cross into Syria,” The Telegraph reported over the weekend.
The report appeared after Abdulhakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), was detained at the Tripoli airport and accused of traveling on a fake passport.
Belhadj has acknowledged fighting alongside al-Qaeda jihadists in Afghanistan. His role as an adversary of the West is not a problem, however. In September, he penned an article for The Guardian and he is a darling of the corporate media despite his murky past as a terrorist.
“During the course of 2007, the LIFG declared itself an official subsidiary of al Qaeda, later assuming the name of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,” writes historian Webster Tarpley. It is believed the group is supported by British intelligence.
Last week France’s foreign minister, Alain Juppé, raised the prospect of Syrian intervention. After a meeting in Paris with Burhan Ghalioun of the Syrian national council, Juppé said “humanitarian corridors or humanitarian zones” should be established to protect civilians from the alleged abuses of the al-Assad regime.
Sheltering the FSA is part of a Turkish effort to unseat al-Assad. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said on the condition of anonymity in keeping with diplomatic protocol that Turkey’s protection of the FSA in an “officers’ camp” is part of a humanitarian effort. “We are providing these people with temporary residence on humanitarian grounds, and that will continue,” he told the New York Times in late October.