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The US-Saudi-Al Qaeda Alliance in Syria

Millions of Shia Muslims gather around the Hussein Mosque in Karbala after making the Pilgrimage on foot to mourn the loss of the Battle of Karbala

Millions of Shia Muslims gather around the Hussein Mosque in Karbala after making the Pilgrimage on foot to mourn the loss of the Battle of Karbala

On Wednesday, March 14, 2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Obama administration would seek “international permission” before engaging in war in Syria.

This is obviously a ruse as the United States is already covertly involved in Syria’s war and is allied in this effort with two Sunni dominated allies—Saudi Arabia and Al Qaeda.

The unholy (literally) alliance of the U. S., the Saudis and al-Qaeda is out to destroy Bashar Assad, the Shiite ruler of Syria. The alliance is behind the “revolt” in Syria, which  is actually a covert proxy war against Iran who has sent 15,000 troops to help Syria’s Assad.

The unintended consequence of the U. S. invasion of Iraq was that it enabled the Shias to come to power in Iraq after Sadaam’s Sunni government was wiped out. The Sunni/Shia balance of power was tipped in favor of the Shias.

By defeating Iraq’s Sunnis and putting the Shias in power, President Bush unwittingly (how apt a term!) inserted the U. S. in the Sunni-Shiite struggle-a struggle which began 1,332 years ago.

The Sunni/Shia conflict stated with The Battle of Karbala on Muharram 10, in the year 61 of the Islamic calendar (October 10, 680) in Karbala—a city in present day Iraq.

The Sunnis won the battle and the Shiite leader, Hussain, and all his supporters were killed, including his six months old infant son. The triumphant Sunnis took the Shiite women and children as prisoners.

Consequently, in Iraq, as in Syria, Al Qaeda is also fighting on the side of the Sunnis as an ally of the U. S. to defeat the Shias.

The media, notably CNN’s Anderson Cooper, spins a misleading story of the oppressed minority in Syria. CNN fails to report that this “oppressed minority” is actually the Sunni majority.

According to another misleading report by NBC correspondent, Ayman Mohyeldin, “The conflict in neighboring Syria has put Hezbollah, the staunch regional resistance movement, in a tough spot. Despite praising the Arab Spring democracy movement in many other countries, Hezbollah and its leader Nasrallah are standing by the Assad regime, even as it kills thousands of its own people to preserve power.”

Ayman conveniently fails to tell us that Nasrallah is a Shia.

Welcome to the new ally of the United States—Al Qaeda, and to The Battle of Karbala II.

April 4, 2012 update: Saudi Propaganda to the rescue!

Abdulateef Al-Mulhim, Commodore, Royal Saudi Navy (Retired)

Abdulateef Al-Mulhim, Commodore, Royal Saudi Navy (Retired)

Abdulateef Al-Mulhim, Commodore, Royal Saudi Navy (Retired) has written an revealing piece or propaganda in the semi-official Saudi blog, SusrisBlog.

Al-Mulhim states, “What started the Syrian Spring uprising are very simple basic rights, which many of the Syrian masses didn’t have. All the Syrian masses demand good education, good health care, good roads, justice and free space to breathe-democracy.”

He goes on to say, “And are outsiders the real threat to Syria? Or is it poverty, bad education, injustice, early morning political arrests and unemployment?”

It is interesting to hear Al-Mulhim, a Saudi, make the case that the current civil war in Syria, is simply between Syrians.

Al-Mulhim is following the American line in order to disguise the true cause of the uprising in Syria. Like CNN’s Anderson Cooper he goes on to recite the atrocities of the Syrian conflict, “We saw live coverage of Syrian soldiers killing men, women and children. We saw live coverage of mosques being blown up by the mighty Syrian war machine.”

Al Mulhim even seems to be on the side of Israel stating further, “In the Syrian Spring, Israel for the first time won a war without mobilizing one single soldier, tank or plane. The Syrians lost even the media war of the Syrian Spring. And Israel, without paying any public relations money, showed the world how the Syrians used their war machine against their own people.”

Al Mulhim, a Sunni Moslem, obviously hates the fact that Syria is run by a Shia minority. He attempts to conceal the fact that the conflict in Syria has been brought about by as we wrote before, “the unholy alliance of the U. S., the Saudis and al-Qaeda.”

The propaganda machine rolls on…

May 12, 2012 update

Finally, the news media is beginning to raise “concerns” that Al-Qaida terrorists may be involved in the Syrian civil war.

Bashar Al-Assad, Syria’s president’s claims of Al-Qaeda interference are proving be correct after all, admits the media and others.

Massive car bombs, a tool of Al-Qaeda, are just more indications that foreign fighters  have entered into the political chaos. Shipments of stolen arms from Libya have been entering Syria for some time, with the complicity of the U.S.

“I think this is a symptom of the fact that the conflict is attracting the influx of jihadists who are often involved in these kinds of suicide attacks. And specifically it looks like al-Qaida,” said Heritage Foundation senior Middle East analyst James Phillips.

The Syrian government is urging the U.N. Security Council to take action in the wake of the blasts, maintaining that they are proof that Syria is facing terrorist attacks led by groups receiving foreign support. This fact of Syria’s seeking U.S. Security Council action is largely ignored by Al-Qaeda’s de-facto “ally,” the United States.

Panetta’s admission

At a briefing at the Pentagon with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Panetta was asked, “Secretary Panetta, if I may, on al Qaeda in Syria, you’ve said that we don’t have any indication of al Qaeda in that—those double explosions that took place in Damascus. But what kind of assessment do you have on al Qaeda activity in Syria? Because the Syrian government confirms that Al-Qaida is active in Syria. Do you have an indication to say that Al-Qaeda is actually active, how big it is, and is it a concern for you?”

Panetta responded by confirming the terrorist group’s presence, but provided few details.

There you have it—Panetta’s confirmation of what we told you back on March 19th! Panetta has yet to admit that Al-Qaeda, along with the Saudis are allies of the United States in this effort to take over Syria.

(I have lived for nine years in Saudi Arabia, speak Arabic, and have great sources. Stay tuned…)

July 24, 2012 update:

Al Qaeda banners fly in Syria

Al Qaeda banners fly in Syria

Finally, the New York Times catches up to us and admits on June 24th that Al Qaeda is fighting on the side of the Syrian revolutionaries along with the U.S. and Saudis.

The New York Times states: “It is the sort of image that has become a staple of the Syrian revolution, a video of masked men calling themselves the Free Syrian Army and brandishing AK-47s — with one unsettling difference. In the background hang two flags of Al Qaeda, white Arabic writing on a black field.”

According to Reuters, Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday, July 24, that Syrian rebels will eventually control swathes of territory but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still has time to negotiate an exit.

Speaking as if a rebel military victory was inevitable, Hillary Clinton for the first time said the opposition would ultimately be able to provide “safe haven” inside Syria.

Suggesting the U.S. focus has moved to how to grapple with an eventual collapse of Assad’s rule, Clinton stressed it was time to look at “day-after issues” such as how to govern a post-Assad Syria and how to avert a bloodbath of sectarian reprisals.

Hillary Clinton should realize that this will be extremely difficult given her Al Qaeda partners in the Syrian civil war.

July 30, 2012 update: Al Qaeda to the rescue!

While Hillary works the United Nations, her allies, the Saudi sponsored al Qaeda comes to the rescue in Syria.

In Syria, it is hard to distinguish Abu Khuder’s al Qaeda fighters from any other rebel brigade in the Syrian civil war.

Abu Khuder’s al-Qaida fighters like to call themselves the ghuraba’a, or “strangers”, after a famous and loved  jihadi poem celebrating Osama bin Laden’s time with his followers in the Afghan mountains.

In Syria, al Qaeda tries to hide its presence. “Some people are worried about carrying the [black] flags,” said Abu Khuder. “We we fight in secret.”

Abu Khuder says his men are working closely with the military council that commands the Free Syrian Army (FSA) brigades in the region. “We meet almost every day,” he said. “We have clear instructions from our al-Qaida leadership that if the FSA needs our help we should give it. We help them with IEDs and car bombs. Our main talent is in the bombing operations,”  he smiled.

“Al-Qaida’s goal is establishing an Islamic state and not a Syrian state,” he continued. “Those who fear the organisation fear the implementation of Allah’s jurisdiction. If you don’t commit sins there is nothing to fear.” Allah akbar said those around him.

August 1, 2012 update: Obama authorizes secret US support for Syrian rebels

It has been confirmed by NBC News that President Barack Obama signed a so-called “intelligence finding” authorizing covert aid to the Syrian rebels. Precisely when Obama signed the secret intelligence authorization, an action not previously reported, could not be determined, Reuters said.

A U.S. official also said that the presidential finding provides more intelligence resources than had been previously known—except to our readers.

 It is now admitted that Obama’s order, approved earlier this year, broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad, according to Reuters.

Although the White House claims it is stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons, according to Reuters the U.S. is supplying weapons through its “allies,” which include al Qaeda.

 The rebels are now armed with powerful shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles presumably taken from what remains of Libya.

 

4 comments to The US-Saudi-Al Qaeda Alliance in Syria

  • Apple

    if the GOP guy comes in, we are all screwed! they will be for their rich friends and their rich friends’ businesses!
    little people will have to just keep paying via IRS taxes!!!

  • JeffGoh

    “If a country develops an economic system that is based on how to pay for the war, and if the amounts of fixed capital investment that are apparent are tied up in armaments, and if that country is a major exporter of arms, and its industrial fabric is dependent on them, then it would be in that country’s interests to ensure that it always had a market. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is clearly in the interests of the world’s leading arms exporters to make sure that there is always a war going on somewhere.”: Marilyn Waring – Source: Documentary ‘Who’s Counting’, based on her book ‘Counting for Nothing’.

  • Jeff:
    Excellent quote! Thanks.
    John

  • James Goh

    John,
    You make politics, economics, easy for me to understand. So many times, I read articles, they are so long, time consuming, and I still don’t get the story!
    Thanks again!
    Dr James Goh
    Pasir Ris, Singapore