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Still Supporting Jihadis After All These Years

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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. The Islamists are serv­ing as proxy war­riors against Rus­sia. 

We con­tin­ue to hear about the sup­pressed 28 pages about Sau­di Ara­bia, how­ev­er no one is talk­ing about Oper­a­tion Green Quest, the inves­ti­ga­tion that yield­ed hands-on infor­ma­tion 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.

In FTR #569, 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, 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.

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 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. . . . .


3 comments for “Still Supporting Jihadis After All These Years”

  1. I can­not believe that with all the inter­fer­ence in this 2016 elec­tion cycle by Julian Assange and Wik­ileaks that when I search for Assange the lat­est hit I get on Spit­fire here is from 2013?

    What on Earth is going on that Julian Assange and Wik­ileaks is play­ing such a strange role in sup­port of Don­ald Trump. Just today (2016–11-04) there is a claim by JA that Trump “will not be allowed to win the Pres­i­den­cy” ... which sounds to me like JA is work­ing for the Rus­sians.

    This is a very scary elec­tion because one won­ders what has hap­pened in oth­er elec­tions ( how true are the US elec­tions ) and what is going on with our gov­ern­ment? I can­not believe Trump seems to be doing so well.

    If any­thing this seems like it could the be coup-de-gras of the fas­cist move­ment tak­ing over the coun­try with all the Hitler par­al­lels ... and noth­ing is being said about it?

    Posted by Brux | November 4, 2016, 2:00 pm
  2. It is dis­gust­ing that wik­ileaks is play­ing such a role in the US elec­tion. Can any­one jus­ti­fy it?

    Posted by Adam | November 5, 2016, 1:35 pm
  3. @Brux: It looks like the rea­son the first hits you see on when search­ing for Assange has to do with a quirk of how the results on sort with the search func­tion. Posts that have the name “Assange” (or what­ev­er search term you use) in the title get all get list­ed first, sort­ed by date. Next, posts with Assange in the body of the post are list­ed. That’s why you see the many recent shows deal­ing with Julian Assange’s alliance with Trump, like #FTR924, but don’t have the word “Assange” in the title until fur­ther down in the list.

    Also note that while the main search tool only search­es the text of the main post and not the com­ment, you can search “cus­tom search” option locat­ed on the right side­bar of the search results page to search com­ment text too.

    Hap­py search­ing!

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 5, 2016, 3:48 pm

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