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Still Supporting Jihadis After All These Years

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911Remember [6]COMMENT: In recent months, we have heard much about the redacted pages of the 9/11 Commission report dealing with Saudi Arabia. What we are NOT hearing about is the well-documented practice of powerful elements of the U.S. intelligence community using jihadists, including al-Qaeda, as proxy warriors, much as the Afghan Mujahideen were utilized. (They, of course, morphed into al-Qaeda.) 

As discussed in FTR #773, the jihadist gambit continues to be used in the Caucasus [7]. The Islamists are serving as proxy warriors [8]against Russia. 

We continue to hear about the suppressed 28 pages about Saudi Arabia, however no one is talking about Operation Green Quest [9], the investigation that yielded [10] hands-on information [11] concerning U.S. and GOP support for jihadists. This continues to resonate, with evidentiary tributaries manifesting globally, including the downing of Malaysian Air Flight 370 [12].

In FTR #569 [13], we noted that investigators who generated the Operation Green Quest investigation were subjected to surveillance and pressure from elements of the American intelligence community.

With Hillary Clinton and others being sucked into the propaganda vortex of the new Cold War, the jihadist nature of the so-called “moderates” among the Syrian opposition should give us pause to [re]consider.

It probably won’t. Gleaning accurate intelligence with actors like al-Qaeda and related groups operating in Syria may be well night impossible. The jihadists are NOT stupid and their ability to create a provocation and/or false flag scenario is worth considering, especially in light of Western media’s gullibility with regard to the situation in Syria.

Note the following story, from The Wall Street Journal [14], no less. Can’t blame this on the “liberal news media.”

“Syria Rebels Draw Closer to al Qaeda-Linked Groups” by Maria Abi-Habib; The Wall Street Journal; 9/29/2012. [14]

Some of Syria’s largest rebel factions are doubling down on their alliance with an al Qaeda-linked group, despite a U.S. warning to split from the extremists or risk being targeted in airstrikes.

The rebel gambit is complicating American counterterrorism efforts in the country at a time the U.S. is contemplating cooperation with Russia to fight extremist groups.

It comes after a U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire collapsed last week and the Syrian regime and its Russian allies immediately unleashed a devastating offensive against rebel-held parts of Aleppo city that brought harsh international condemnation. . . .

. . . . As the Syrian opposition watched the regime and its allies pummel eastern Aleppo with increasingly powerful bombs in recent days, some rebels said they had come to suspect the U.S. was standing by as Damascus and Moscow pursued new offensives.

Some rebel groups already aligned with Syria Conquest Front responded by renewing their alliance. But others, such as Nour al-Din al-Zinki, a former Central Intelligence Agency-backed group and one of the largest factions in Aleppo, said in recent days that they were joining a broader alliance that is dominated by the Front. A second, smaller rebel group also joined that alliance, which is known as Jaish al-Fateh and includes another major Islamist rebel force, Ahrar al-Sham.

“It seems the U.S. is giving this war over to Russia because the Americans believe [Moscow is] more effective when it comes to wiping out jihadist insurgencies,” said Yasser Ibrahim al-Youssef, the political head of the Nour al-Din al-Zinki. “All the U.S. cares about in Syria is Islamic State and al Qaeda,” he said. . . .

. . . . The renewed debate on a so-called Plan B [15] centers on whether to authorize the CIA and its partners in the region to deliver weapons systems that would enable vetted rebel units to strike Syrian and Russian artillery positions from longer distances. [Oh great!–D.E.]

Syria Conquest Front rebranded itself in July, when it renounced its al Qaeda ties and changed its name from Nusra Front. But U.S. officials and even some opposition members doubt it has cut its al Qaeda links. . . . .