In Syria, If You Can’t Find Moderates, Dress Up Some Extremists

syria_moderatesBy Tony Cartalucci

Upon reading the increasingly desperate headlines pumped out by the Western media as Western-backed terrorist forces begin to fold under an effective joint Syrian-Russian offensive to take the country back, readers will notice that though the term “moderate rebels” or “moderate opposition” is used often, the Western media is seemingly incapable of naming a single faction or leader among them.

Top Image: If Major Yaser Abdulrahim looks like he’s never worn his FSA uniform out into the field, that’s because he hasn’t. He is not a member of the FSA at all, and is instead a commander of the Fatah Halab, an umbrella group for Al Qaeda affiliates armed and funded by both the US and Saudi Arabia. 

The reason for this is because there are no moderates and there never were. Since 2007, the US has conspired to arm and fund extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda to overthrow the government of Syria and destabilize Iranian influence across the entire Middle East.

Exposed in Seymour Hersh’s 2007 article, “The Redirection Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” it stated explicitly that:

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.

The “catastrophe” the Western media constantly cites in its increasingly hysterical headlines is the predictable manifestation of not Syrian and Russian security operations ongoing in Syria today, but of the conspiracy described by Hersh in 2007 that has indisputably been put into play, starting in 2011 under the guise of the so-called “Arab Spring.”

When the West does attempt to give names and faces to these so-called “moderates,” it is a simple matter to trace them directly back to Al Qaeda.

The BBC’s “Rebel Commander” Plays Dress-Up

In a recent video report published by the BBC titled, “Syria conflict: Rebels ‘feel abandoned’ by Britain and US,” BBC’s Quentin Sommerville claims he “secretly” contacted US-backed rebels from Turkey. The alleged “remote” interview was covered in both locations by professional camera crews, despite Sommerville claiming the situation was so bad, the rebels could not be reached. The “senior rebel commander inside Aleppo” interviewed by the BBC was none other than Yaser Abdulrahim.

BBC_fakeFSAcmd_Feb2016Aleppo2Image: Faylaq Al-Sham’s flag is clearly seen in the video of the BBC’s fake FSA commander when out in the field. Yaser Abdulrahim is seen out among other terrorists, missing his crisp, brand new FSA uniform and devoid of any FSA insignia.  

Despite appearing in a brand new, crisp “Free Syrian Army” uniform never worn once into the field, and sitting beside an equally pristine “Free Syrian Army” French colonial flag, Yaser Abdulrahim has absolutely no affiliations with the otherwise nonexistent “Free Syrian Army.”

Instead, he is a commander of Faylaq Al-Sham, composed of Al Qaeda terrorists and Muslim Brotherhood extremists. Faylaq Al-Sham and its commander Yaser Abdulrahim, according to Sommerville himself, are part of the larger  Fatah Halab umbrella group which also includes Al Qaeda affiliates Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam – the latter of which literally placed civilians in metal cages on rooftops to use as human shields against Syrian-Russian airstrikes.BBC_FSA_Terrorists_Feb2016a

Human Rights Watch, in their report titled, “Syria: Armed Groups Use Caged Hostages to Deter Attacks,” would reveal that:

In the course of fighting between armed groups and government forces in the nearby Adra al-Omalia in December 2013, Jabhat al-Nusra and Jaysh al-Islam abducted hundreds of civilians, mostly Alawites, according to the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria. The hostages, many of them women and children, are being held in unidentified locations in Eastern Ghouta. The concern is that they are among those in these cages.

The Human Rights Watch report is also very alarming, considering it implicates Jaysh al-Islam, a member of Yaser Abdulrahim’s Fatah Halab, as collaborating and fighting alongside US State Department listed terrorist group, Jabhat al-Nusra.

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The US State Department’s official statement listing al-Nusra as a foreign terrorist organization, titled, “Terrorist Designations of the al-Nusrah Front as an Alias for al-Qa’ida in Iraq,” states:

Since November 2011, al-Nusrah Front has claimed nearly 600 attacks – ranging from more than 40 suicide attacks to small arms and improvised explosive device operations – in major city centers including Damascus, Aleppo, Hamah, Dara, Homs, Idlib, and Dayr al-Zawr. During these attacks numerous innocent Syrians have been killed. Through these attacks, al-Nusrah has sought to portray itself as part of the legitimate Syrian opposition while it is, in fact, an attempt by AQI to hijack the struggles of the Syrian people for its own malign purposes.

It appears, ironically enough, that through the deception of the Western media, al Nusra has been amply assisted in fully hijacking “the struggles of the Syrian people for its own malign purposes.”

Alawite_3490427bImage: BBC’s “US-backed rebel commander” heads a faction that includes the terrorist Jaysh al-Islam faction who caged civilians and used them as human shields outside of Damascus. The US insists that Syria and Russia must negotiate with such organizations and that such organizations should play a role in Syria’s future.   

The BBC’s abhorrent dressing-up of literal members of Al Qaeda and their affiliates in their recent interview fits into a larger pattern of deceit aimed at salvaging the conspiracy described by Hersh in 2007, but upended when in late last year, the Russian Federation upon the invitation of the Syrian government, intervened in the conflict.

With Aleppo teetering at the edge of liberation from what are clearly terrorist forces – the BBC’s propaganda and propaganda like it being propagated by the West represents a cynical attempt to perpetuate – not end – the suffering of the Syrian people.

What is worse still, is that the BBC claims their Fatah Halab-Al Qaeda umbrella group commander dressed as a member of the “Free Syrian Army,” is “US-backed.”

This is either an attempt by the BBC to further deceive their audiences as to who the man they interviewed really was, or an inadvertent admission that the United States is in fact funding the very terrorist groups and their associates, populating their own US State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations.

Whatever the case, the fact that even a carefully staged production like the one published by the BBC is easily exposed as a deliberate attempt to cover up the terroristic identity of what’s left of the West’s “rebels,” adds further imperative to the Syrian government and their Russian, Lebanese, Iraqi, and Iranian allies to end the war and fully restore order to the entirety of Syria’s territory. To negotiate with “rebels” who are clearly terrorists dressed in literal costumes, is an absurdity the West would never accept foisted upon them – thus, no other nation on Earth should accept the West foisting such terms upon them.

Tony Cartalucci’s articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at Land Destroyer Report, Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg.

  • dale ruff

    The way to end terrorism is to stop supporting and committing it.

    • Archie1954

      Please express that to the neocons in Washington!

  • dale ruff

    “Syria Deeply: What were the circumstances around Colonel Ahmad’s arrest by ISIS?

    Lieutenant Colonel Fares Baioush: On Dec. 13, he was arrested with two of his soldiers at an ISIS checkpoint in the west of Idlib, while heading to Taftanaz, a town in northern Idlib, to meet ISIS’s leaders and talk about the commandeering of Forsan al-Haq’s weapons.

    SD: Why was Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Saoud released, and why did this differ from previous situations that ended with a dead body or a missing person?

    FB: We in the Idlib Military Council sent mediators to push for his release. When ISIS refused, a statement was issued demanding them to release him directly and have a judgement at their sharia [religious] court. A demonstration of people in Maaret al-Numan followed the statement and called for the same points, and I think that this demonstration was effective. A few hours later, the officer and his two soldiers were released.

    FB: Now, we are communicating with them to get our confiscated weapons back, and they still refuse, claiming that they need it for their battalions.”

    I smell a rat.

  • Archie1954

    The US, Britain, NATO and other Western nations are literally playing with fire in their deceptive arming and supporting of terrorism in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. That area of the World is going up in flames because of American intervention. A more despicable foreign policy of lies and machinations cannot be found elsewhere. It is all American. Thank the Lord for Putin and Russia and the inability of the US to run over them the way they do to lesser nations. Syria will get through this as a unified nation governed by al Assad until he agrees to retire at the joint bequest of Russia and Western nations. Until then he is preventing another failed state overrun by terrorists.

    • blue579

      The Middle East is not being destroyed so much as it is being transformed (with much respect and empathy for the millions of innocents who have died in the process). The holdouts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya (Africa) were crushed to eliminate all remaining resistance to the Greater or New Middle East Project. Already, a middle east regional government has been formed, spearhead by the Saudis in 2011, the Gulf Cooperation Council, with a charter that echoes UN harmonization legal and cultural protocols and a regional currency, similar to the EU and Euro. The Gulf states and Iran have already adopted the UN Agenda 21 program, Iran back in the late 90s (and Russia too), along with IMF, BIS, and World Bank neoliberalization economic structural “reforms”, deep financial integration (aka “interdependence”) with the west, and are using the “Smart” tracking and surveillance to install Smart Grid, creating “Smart Cities”, “Smart countries” such as Qatar, and a Smart Regional GCC system. In a nutshell, the point is the mess is Syria has been a cover and long ago Syrian elites ensconced themselves into the NWO paradigm, adopting Agenda 21 and have their billions in western controlled banks and investment vehicles. Look behind the curtain and follow the policies, follow the money, and note the social transformations in each nation and the drivers behind it.

      • Archie1954

        If you are correct, then unfortunately the Saudis were the wrong party to be made a managerial partner in this unrealistic project. They are as close to extremist terrorism as you can get. Any transformation they may be a part of does not bode well for the Western World!

        • blue579

          To get your finger on the pulse of this New World Order transformation coming at us like a freight train, check out Patrick Wood’s websites, in particular, he is a thorough researcher, a protege of the great Professor Antony Sutton. The problem for us is the new global paradigm is extremely seductive – all that technology, smart phones, “efficiency”, the promise of re-distribution such that all will have adequate food and shelter, etc. Making a good case that a humanity free of the elites can create the same kind of prosperity and quality of life without the chains, constant tracking, and surveillance will not be easy given TPTB control the major modes of communication.

  • blue579

    This narrative is still full of holes. Early on in the invasion of Syria by foreign jihadists, with the combined efforts of Syria, Russia, and Iran, eradicating the invaders would have been a fairly quick and effective operation as they were no match against three modern militaries. No way in h…. Instead, half measures were instituted by Syria alone as the invasion metastasized and became a staging grounds for the next generation of Al CIA-duh, this time with an international team of players of at least 8 to 10 NWO minions. It’s been an elaborate ruse to create cover for the teratogenic birth of ISIS and to rationalize a more dominant UN and global military force. Geopolitical fog and Hollywood good cop vs. bad cop drama, in which the masses don’t know the international banksters hover over the entire mess pulling all the strings.

    As well, Hersh does not appear to be a reliable source. Not long ago, he tried to put a new spin on the “capture” of Bin Laden, conveniently ignoring the fact that Bin Laden was already dead and not really bothering to explain that he was a CIA asset used as a scapegoat for the 9/11 false flag. Too many limited hangouts.

    TPTB are constantly blowing smoke to throw us off, classic multi-layered deceptions, N-dimensional chess.

    • Archie1954

      I always wondered why the US would kill bin Laden when he supposedly was unarmed. I put it down to not wanting the truth of 9/11 to actually come out!

      • blue579

        The deceptions are great, many, and often extremely complex. Given your comment below, you might want to check out the work of the late Dr. Stanley Monteith (a staunch warrior for truth, Christian, and physician) on youtube. There are YT videos of his presentations and most important are Monteith’s interviews of Professor Antony Sutton on the subject of Sutton’s book The Best Enemies Money Can Buy detailing how he proved decades ago the international bankers and oligarchs in the west (Rockefellers, Fords, etc.) funded and aided the rise of Hitler and the Russian communists from their beginning until the collapse of the USSR. If you want a small sampling of these layers of deception, take a look at the short video in the link I’m including, an interview of James Perloff by James Corbett, the latter an excellent researcher who closely interacted with Monteith (the good doctor passed away last year).

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