Syria’s Bashar al-Assad Is More Evil Than Al Qaeda, Apparently

Al Qaeda fighter in Syria

Brit Dee, Contributor
Activist Post

In their determination to destabilise Syria, oust Bashar al-Assad’s government, and install a compliant regime – thus weakening Iran – Western leaders are supporting Al Qaeda terrorists responsible for blowing up US soldiers in Iraq.

Al Qaeda’s presence in Syria has been fleetingly acknowledged by both the US and British governments and widely discussed in the alternative media, though the fact that fundamentalist terrorists are behind much of the violence in the country goes largely unmentioned in our leaders’ propagandistic tirades against Assad.

This is unsurprising. It would be totally absurd to claim that Assad – who ruled over a stable, secular and peaceful country prior to the chaos currently engulfing Syria – is more tyrannical and dangerous than a terror network we’ve been fighting for well over a decade, and who stand accused of murdering 3000 people on 9/11.

An open acknowledgment that the West is now supporting people who have killed US soldiers in Iraq, could be too much for even the most ill-informed and propagandised Fox News-watcher to stomach.

Only a complete idiot would imagine that Al Qaeda are fighting for freedom and democracy for the people of Syria; and a story published in yesterday’s London Guardian, filed from the Deir el-Zour province in Eastern Syria, clearly spells out their goal – the establishment of a theocratic Islamic state.

The Guardian spoke to self-confessed Al Qaeda militant Abu Khuder, whose men are named after a eulogy to Osama bin Laden. They call themselves the ghuraba’a, or ‘strangers’, a name taken from a jihadi poem celebrating bin Laden’s time in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Khuder is quite open about the fact that he and his men are just one of a number of militant jihadi organisations operating in Syria, carrying out terrorism against Assad’s government with the goal of “establishing an Islamic state and not a Syrian state”.  Foreign fighters from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Jordan, he says, are amongst those carrying out many of the bombings and shootings. Assad has consistently accused foreign terrorists of being behind the violence in Syria – an allegation conspicuously ignored by Western leaders.

Khuder claims to be in close contact with the Free Syrian Army. He and his men meet them almost every day, he says, and

have clear instructions from our [al-Qaida] leadership that if the FSA need our help we should give it. We help them with IEDs and car bombs. Our main talent is in the bombing operations. 

His men have a lot of experience from making bombs in Iraq and elsewhere, adds Khuder. A Free Syrian Army rebel, disgruntled at how Al Qaeda fighters have co-opted his revolutionary cause, describes his fundamentalist associates’ summary executions of Syrian government soldiers with pistol shots to the head, and how he fears “they are trying to bring us back to the days of Iraq and we have seen what that achieved”.

The unnamed young revolutionary, a doctor from Shahail, says that Al Qaeda are “stealing the revolution from us” – and, chillingly, that they are “working for the day that comes after.”

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