Saturday, March 9, 2013

US-British Al Qaeda Airlift: 3,000 Tons of Weapons Fuel Syria's Destruction

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

The primary reason, we are told, that the West must immediately begin wider operations to support the so-called Syrian rebels is to head off extremists - namely Al Qaeda, from overrunning Syria. This narrative has been sold for nearly a year now, as it has become evidently clear that all major offensives in Syria against the Syrian people and their government have been led by Al Qaeda terrorist fronts, including, most notoriously, Jabhat al-Nusra.

It turns out, however, according the London Telegraph, that the US and Britain have already been arming terrorists operating in Syria for some time, including a massive airlift of 3,000 tons of weapons, sent across Syria's borders with Jordan and NATO-member Turkey.

In the Telegraph's 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.
With so much admitted involvement in the violence aimed at overthrowing Syria's government by the West, it is inconceivable that Al Qaeda could be "overrunning moderate forces" in Syria, unless of course, no such moderate forces exist, and the West had planned from the beginning to use Al Qaeda as a mercenary force. And indeed, that is precisely what is happening. It has been established with documented evidence since at least 2007, and reaffirmed with this latest report.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Seymour Hersh, in his 2007 New Yorker report titled, "The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?" stated explicitly that:
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 cooperated 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.
Is there any doubt that the US has executed this plot in earnest, arming and funding sectarian extremists "sympathetic to Al Qaeda" on both Syria's northern and southern border? Where else, if not from the West and its regional allies, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, could extremists be getting their weapons, cash, and logistical support from?

And, of course, Syria's borders with Jordan and Turkey have been long-ago identified by the US Army's own West Point Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) as hotbeds of sectarian extremist/Al Qaeda activity - hotbeds that the West is purposefully funneling thousands of tons of weaponry through, while disingenuously claiming it is attempting to prevent such weapons from falling into the hands of extremists.

The CTC's 2007 report, "Al-Qa'ida's Foreign Fighters in Iraq," identified Syria's southeastern region near Dayr Al-Zawr on the Iraqi-Syrian border, the northwestern region of Idlib near the Turkish-Syrian border, and Dar'a in the south near the Jordanian-Syrian border, as having produced the majority of fighters found crossing over into Iraq throughout the duration of the Iraq War.

Image: (Left) West Point's Combating Terrorism Center's 2007 report, "Al-Qa'ida's Foreign Fighters in Iraq" indicated which areas in Syria Al Qaeda fighters filtering into Iraq came from during the US invasion/occupation. The overwhelming majority of them came from Dayr Al-Zawr in Syria's southeast, Idlib in the north near the Turkish-Syrian border, and Dar'a in the south near the Jordanian-Syrian border. (Right) A map indicating the epicenters of violence in Syria indicate that the exact same hotbeds for Al Qaeda in 2007, now serve as the epicenters of so-called "pro-democracy fighters." 

These areas are now admittedly the epicenters of fighting, and, more importantly, despite being historical hotbeds of Al Qaeda activity, precisely where the West is sending a flood of cash, weapons, and military "advisers." Just like in Libya where the West literally handed an entire nation to sectarian extremists, we are watching a verbatim repeat in Syria - where we are told Al Qaeda terrorists are "pro-democracy" "freedom fighters" that deserve US cash, weapons, and support, when it couldn't be any clearer they aren't.

Not only has the US and UK lied to the world about their policy toward Syria and their current level of support for increasingly overt terrorists committing an array of atrocities - their latest act including the taking of over 20 UN peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights - but have revealed once again the manufactured facade that is the "War on Terror."

Tony Cartalucci's articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at Land Destroyer Report, Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg. Read other contributed articles by Tony Cartalucci here.


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Anonymous said...

The dictator of Syria is a violent killer,with no respect for life, as was his father before him. The populace of Syria have lived under tyranny for generations. You make it sound like Al Queda fighters are the majority of the uprising, that scores of its followers have streamed into that country from foreign borders and now constitute the rebels. Not true. Of course their presence is apparent, opportunists that they are, but this rebellion is for the people, BY the people of Syria. Since when do we believe all the government reports on Al Queda? The sectarian hatred has become so inflamed that both sides have committed atrocities, with a supposed 70,000 dead in two years according to the U.N. The citizenry was being literally decimated by the government forces, a large percent children, so maybe this latest shipment of arms will help even the score out.

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Anonymous said...

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Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed: Our terrorists

wishbone said...

i dont think thousands of tons of armoured cars and flak jackets are going to do much good, its going to cost the UK billions, (which the british public will end up paying for with more taxes, but then on the other hand the weapons industry will make a nice profit.) not to mention all the CO2 pollution that will be created, (but thats o,k, bicycle riders will pay a CO2 tax.) look if they really want to get rid of this war-mongering, mass-murdering, "bashar al assad" piece of crap, its easy, all they have to do is wait until he makes a call on his mobile-phone, trace the signal (which we all know they can do.) and put a missile up his arse, problem solved, very little pollution except for the small amount of "bashar al assad" bits over a few square metres of syria.

canobs said...

Excellent article Tony___ Assad not an angel, but provided security and stability for a sovereign and independent country (not for his political opponents) for the majority of its population, like Quaddafi did for Libya. ____ All before the covert operations of US,BritCIA-NED-NATO,SaudiQatar criminal coalition attempts to destabilize the country with non-Syrian AlQaida mercenary death squads called FSA trained with children soldiers, armed and financed in Turkey to steal the resources of the country by wild privatizations against all international laws, Geneva convention or UN charter _____ like the complete destruction did in Yugoslavia and Libya, soon Iran Algeria, surviving families moving to refugee camps abroad having lost everything, home job and hope.

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