Al Qaeda gaining ground in Syria

Michael Hoffman – Revisionist Review Dec 4, 2012

By Joby Warrick and Babak Dehghanpisheh – Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2012

 “…Extremist groups among the Syrian opposition are responsible for some of the gains. Rebel commanders and outside analysts say the groups have grown more powerful in recent months because of funding and weapons from wealthy Arab donors in the Persian Gulf region as well as Syrian businessmen outside the country.One Islamist militia with suspected ties to al-Qaeda has seized two government military bases in the past two weeks.

“…At least half a dozen religious extremist groups have sprung up in Syria since the beginning of the year. The group that has captured the most attention and appears to have had the greatest degree of success is Jabhat al-Nusra, which is thought to have links to al-Qaeda.

“Since the group was formed in January, it has asserted responsibility for a series of suicide attacks against military and security targets. Its forces have overrun at least two government military bases in the past two weeks, collecting weapons left behind by Syrian troops, opposition activists said.

“Unfortunately, there are more extremist groups receiving arms,’ said Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy…”   (End quote, Washington Post). 

The preceding report reveals that Al Qaeda in Syria is backed by the Gulf states. I thought we were at war with Al Qaeda? What sanctions have we put into place against the Gulf states who are backing Al Qaeda in Syria? How is it that we are not fighting Al Qaeda in Syria? Why is the focus only on fighting Assad’s government? Is this Afghanistan 1980 all over again, when the US funded an anti-Soviet Afghan resistance that included Salafist terrorists like Osama bin Laden?
 
What is being done to oppose Al Qaeda in Syria? All we hear about is the Iranian “threat.” Al Qaeda in Syria gets a pass. This is more than weird. Some dare call it conspiracy. Once again the US government is building up enemies that we will ask the American people to fight in the future. So who actually is ultimately behind Al Qaeda, if not the US government? We send drones against Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Yemen but in Syria they are left to operate freely and grow in strength. The Cryptocracy needs to secretly bolster enemies in order to keep fattening the military-industrial complex and an endless foreign war/world policeman orientation in the United States.  

Syrian war is now a war against Christians

“The Islamic Emirate of Aleppo”

By Marco Tosatti – Vatican Insider

 An Italian website that gives voice to the Christian monastic communities in Syria and is a precious source of information on the situation of religion in the context of the current crisis, reveals a growing pressure on the Christian minority, especially in Aleppo. “In the parish of St. Dimitri many Christians find themselves in a state of extreme hunger and destitution: Muslim benefactors are offering Christian families between €600 and €1200 for every member that converts to Islam.”
 
In Aleppo, a city that is historically tolerant and culturally heterogeneous, fundamentalist rebels are sowing the seeds of the Islamic Emirate of Aleppo and have issued a fatwa against “the immoral habit of allowing women to drive cars.” According to some sources, in the Idlib district it is compulsory for women to wear the veil, or hijab, in public.
 
…precise testimonies on the nature of the religious fundamentalism that is starting to characterise the Syrian conflict are being sent from Moscow, where the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change (NCC) arrived… The committee published a list of Saudi mercenaries present in Syria. “We are against the presence of foreign mercenaries…these people destroy Syria. Unfortunately, there are some political ‘players’ such as Turkey which allow them to invade Syria. And Syria is not the only target. We are just a link in the chain.”
 

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