Blog Archives

U.S. Not Outraged With Terrorist Who Lured Children With Food, Then Blew Them Up”

Did Al Qaeda Fool the White House Again?

The White House “Intelligence Assessment” Is No-Such-Thing – It Shows Support for Al-Qaeda

Why U.S. Troops May Fight Alongside al-Qaeda in Yemen

Al-Qaeda Gets An Oscar

Obama Tries to Cover Tracks of U.S. Ties to the Terrorists by Ordering a “Mop Up” of Washington’s Al Qaeda Leaders

The De Facto US/Al Qaeda Alliance

Is Fighting Al-Qaeda In Aleppo Good Or Bad? – U.S. Unable To Decide

Al Qaeda’s Ties to US-Backed Syrian Rebels

Washington Escalates Covert Backing for Al Qaeda Militias in Aleppo

Why the Obama Administration Is Favoring al-Qaeda’s Main Syrian Ally

US Cooperating With Al-Qaeda : Former US Diplomat

Al Qaeda: Heroes of the American Empire

Al Qaeda and the Human Mindset: The Threat of the Islamic State (ISIS), … An Incessant and Repetitive Public Discourse

Al Qaeda and the Human Mindset: The Threat of the Islamic State (ISIS), … An Incessant and Repetitive Public Discourse

Al Qaeda and the Money Trail: Surviving on the Battlefield in the Information War

Al Qaeda and the “War on Terrorism”

Al Qaeda and the Human Mindset: The Threat of the Islamic State (ISIS), … An Incessant and Repetitive Public Discourse

General Petraeus Calls For Recruiting Al Qaeda

Swedish Foreign Aid to Allies of Al Qaeda

Israel’s Alliance with al-Qaeda

From Benghazi to Boko Haram

Al-Qaeda’s Real Origins Exposed

By Finian Cunningham

January 07, 2014 “Information Clearing House – “Press TV” –  US top diplomat John Kerry must have taken us for fools. Earlier this week, speaking in Saudi Arabia, he warned that al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq are “the most dangerous players in the region.”

The US secretary of state vowed Washington’s support for the Iraqi government in its fight to regain control of towns in its western province taken over by militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

That’s rich. The government of Syria is battling to root out these same al-Qaeda-linked militants. But in that country, Washington offers no such support. In fact, the priority there for Washington is to sack the government of President Bashar Al-Assad.

So, how does Kerry square that contradiction? In Iraq, al-Qaeda is a threat that needs to be defeated, whereas in Syria the very same organization is apparently not a threat, but the Syrian government is.

What’s even richer is that Kerry was issuing his warnings about al-Qaeda in the region surrounded by senior members of the House of Saud, who are known to all the world as the bankers, recruiters and weapons suppliers of this network.

Only a few months ago, media reports disclosed American diplomatic cables – going back to 2009 – in which the former US ambassador to Iraq explicitly stated that Saudi Arabia was financing and arming al-Qaeda extremists in Iraq.

American Ambassador Christopher Hill said then that intelligence showed that Saudi Arabia was “inciting sectarian violence” in the country.

Hill added, “Intelligence sources reported that Saudi Arabia is based in the effort to destabilize the [Iraqi] government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.”

Al-Qaeda in Iraq has since re-branded itself as the ISIS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It is closely aligned with other extremist groups, such as Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Shams, Liwa al-Islam and the Islamic Front.

The alphabet-soup nature of these myriad groups does not alter the fact that they all share the same extremist Saudi Wahhabi ideology, they operate under the flag of al-Qaeda, they have conducted the most vile atrocities against civilians, including Sunni, Shia and Christians, and they are all sponsored by Saudi Arabia.

Officially, the House of Saud maintains the risible fiction that it only supports “moderates” belonging to the so-called Free Syrian Army. But the unavoidable fact is that the oil-rich kingdom is the banker for the al-Qaeda-linked networks, as the former US ambassador to Iraq attested.

Even the mainstream Western media cannot hide that fact. In October 2013, the New York Timesreported US officials admitting that weapons supplied to Saudi Arabia supposedly for the FSA were ending up in the hands of the extremist militants in Syria.

Iraqi sources this week confirmed that Saudi weapons supplied to the likes of the ISIS in Syria are now being used in that group’s resurgence in Iraq’s Western Anbar Province.

So there you have it. American weapons supplied covertly to Saudi Arabia are being used by al-Qaeda to inflict sectarian mayhem in Iraq, as well as in Syria, destabilizing both countries.

And yet John Kerry sitting alongside the Saudi terror sponsors has the audacity to publicly warn that al-Qaeda has become “the most dangerous player” in the region.

Kerry said during his Saudi visit, “This is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis.” Well actually, no. This is a fight in Iraq against terrorists sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the US.

Even more absurd was the American diplomat’s offer of military support to the Iraqi government against militants who have been armed by the US and its Saudi client.

“We are not contemplating putting boots on the ground [in Iraq]. This is their fight, but we’re going to help them in their fight.”

Already, Washington has supplied the Iraqi government with Hellfire missiles and has promised to also send drones to the country, allegedly to combat al-Qaeda.

By boots on the ground, Kerry was referring to US troops, as opposed to al-Qaeda boots on the ground, which the US and the Saudis have already helped to mobilize, first in Syria, and now in Iraq.

That raises the seemingly bizarre scenario where the US is arming both sides in Iraq – the government and the al-Qaeda militants.

This should not, however, be seen as a contradiction, but rather as a cynical boon for the American weapons industry. First, create a terror problem, and secondly supply weapons to deal with that problem. That makes for a win-win outcome for American business.

None of this should be in the least bit surprising. The US has been working covertly with Saudi Arabia and British military intelligence for more than three decades to foster and fuel al-Qaeda extremists, beginning in Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union from the late 1970s until 1990.

Since then, al-Qaeda has served as a protean ideological cover for imperialist predation in the Middle East and beyond. It has undergone many reinventions with mercurial name changes along the way. But the bottom line is that it is a Western/Saudi creation, which alternates between an enemy of convenience and a ruthless proxy for waging regime change.

The old Western ruse of “enemy” may have worked a few years back. But now the contradictions are playing simultaneously and in neighboring countries in such way that the ruse is exposed as a blatant lie.

Kerry and his Saudi terror cronies may like to fool themselves, but they are fooling no one else.

Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in journalism.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37323.htm

The US-Al Qaeda alliance in Syria and the fraud of the war on terror

6 September 2013

Twice during testimony this week before congressional committees on the Obama administration’s request for an Authorization for the Use of Military Force resolution backing US aggression against Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry brushed aside questions about the predominant role played by Al Qaeda and its affiliates in the US-instigated civil war in Syria, insisting that the “opposition has increasingly become more defined by its moderation.”

For the second time in a decade, US imperialism is preparing to launch a war based on lies about weapons of mass destruction and Al Qaeda. In 2003, Washington invaded Iraq to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein based on the claim that it possessed weapons of mass destruction and was prepared to turn them over to Al Qaeda. No such weapons existed and the Iraqi regime was an enemy of Al Qaeda.

Now, ten-and-a-half years later, the Obama administration is preparing a war against Syria based on a fabricated intelligence report attributing an alleged August 21 chemical weapons attack outside Damascus to the government of President of Bashar al-Assad, while falsely claiming that the so-called “rebels” are controlled by “moderate democrats,” with the Al Qaeda elements representing an insignificant minority. Again, both claims are lies.

There is every reason to believe that the August 21 attack—carried out on the very day that UN weapons inspectors invited to Syria by Assad began their work—was carried out by the “rebels” themselves to provide the pretext for a US attack. On the verge of military defeat by Syrian government forces, they had everything to gain from such a turn of events, while the Assad regime had everything to lose.

As for Kerry’s claims about the anti-Assad forces, Reuters news agency felt compelled to contradict the American secretary of state, reporting September 5 that his “public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by US and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts, who say Islamic extremists remain by far the fiercest and best-organized rebel elements.”

As Kerry was extolling the democratic virtues of the “rebels” on Wednesday, jihadist militias were laying siege to the Christian village of Maalula, north of Damascus, seizing high ground and shelling defenseless civilian neighborhoods and churches and threatening to unleash a sectarian bloodbath.

This is but the latest of countless atrocities carried out by the US-backed Islamist militias, which were funneled into Syria along with arms and funding from Washington and its allies with the aim of toppling the Assad regime and redrawing the political map of the Middle East. The main reason for the rush to direct US military intervention is the disintegration of this effort in the face of defeats on the battlefield as well as mounting popular hostility and revulsion on the part of the Syrian people.

Recent videos posted online have recorded the Islamist fighters’ crimes. We caution our readers: you are looking at the handiwork of a depraved organization that functions as an ally of the US government, which is working to bring it to power.

These acts include the roadside execution of three truck drivers for the “crime” of being members of the Alawite minority. (One of the drivers tells the killers, “We’re just trying to earn a living.”)

They also include the beheading of a Catholic priest. Another video recently smuggled out of Syria by a disgusted defector from the “rebel” camp shows amass execution of defenseless Syrian soldiers who have been taken prisoner.

These atrocities go largely unreported in the corporate-controlled media, which dedicate their efforts (with decreasing success) to molding public opinion in support of war. When pressed on confirmed atrocities by these “rebels,” Kerry and other war supporters insist that only US bombing can prevent “radicalization.”

The politicians and media pundits advocating a “humanitarian” attack on Syria all invoke the estimated 100,000 victims of the country’s civil war as justification for US bombing. None of them acknowledge that this war was foisted on Syria by the US and other Western powers. They hide the fact that their proxies in this battle for regime-change, the Islamist militias, are responsible for much of the carnage.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-Assad group, fully 40 percent of these casualties are Syrian soldiers and pro-government militiamen. How many civilians these fascist killing squads have murdered is not known, but they are engaged in continuous attacks on Alawites, Christians, Kurds and other minorities, as well as on secular Sunni Muslims.

Why is Kerry compelled to lie about the crimes of these elements? Why does he pretend that the non-existent “moderate opposition” and the empty shell of the “Free Syrian Army” are the real forces fighting the Assad regime?

The lies are aimed at covering up the reality that the US and its intelligence agencies have a close working relationship with Al Qaeda and its affiliates. This is not new. Washington traditionally employed right-wing Islamist groups to suppress left nationalist and socialist movements in the Middle East and beyond. It utilized such forces in the CIA overthrow of the Mossadegh government in Iran in 1953 and the CIA-backed military coup and mass killings in Indonesia in 1965.

Al Qaeda, which is the most well known of these forces, was created by the CIA and Pakistani intelligence, aided and financed by the Saudi monarchy, during the US-instigated war against the pro-Soviet regime in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

The continuation of these ties—evidenced by the current collaboration in Syria—explains many things. Why, for example, members of Al Qaeda who were well known to US intelligence were able to freely enter and operate within the US in the period leading up to their participation in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Why, as well, Washington evinced a decided lack of zeal in the hunt for Osama bin Laden until well after he had become a spent force, outliving his usefulness.

The impending US aggression against Syria underscores the monumental fraud of Washington’s war on terror, aided and abetted by a servile media that deliberately withholds information which runs counter to US war propaganda. The main achievement of this twelve-year “war” has been the toppling of secular Arab regimes—Iraq, Libya and now Syria—that were hostile to Al Qaeda, and the strengthening of the fascistic Islamist terrorist movement, which now serves as US imperialism’s proxy army.

In Libya, just as in Syria today, US imperialism and its allies utilized these forces to effect regime-change, arming, training and providing air support for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and similar elements. That intervention, justified, as today in Syria, on “humanitarian” grounds, killed thousands and left the country in ruins.

The way in which these terrorists are used as an instrument of imperialist foreign policy found a crude expression in a recent meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince Bandar Bin-Sultan, the chief of Saudi intelligence and the key link between Washington and Riyadh. According to a leaked transcript of the encounter, in return for Russian acquiescence to regime-change in Syria, Bandar offered not only oil and gas deals, but “a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics” next year in Sochi, Russia from terrorist attacks by Chechen Islamists. Bandar assured Putin that these groups were “controlled by us” and could be instigated or restrained as it suited Saudi and US interests.

The criminal US intervention in Syria, utilizing Al Qaeda, and now the turn to a direct and unprovoked military assault that threatens to ignite a regional and even world war, have exposed the descent of US foreign policy into the depths of criminality under the presidency of Barack Obama.

Bill Van Auken

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/09/06/pers-s06.html

%d bloggers like this: