Al-Qaeda Joins the Syrian Rebellion

Frank Crimi is a San Diego-based writer and author of the book Raining Frogs and Heart Attacks. You can read more of Frank's work at his blog,www.politicallyunbalanced.com.


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Al-Qaeda insurgents have now crossed into Syria in an effort to bring down the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad. The armed presence of the terror group raises new concerns over what factions within the Syrian anti-government coalition will emerge triumphant if and when Assad falls.

Iraqi military officials have claimed hundreds of armed al-Qaeda insurgents from northern Iraq have recently crossed into Syria to join the fight against the security forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. According to Iraqi officials, as the terrorists attempted to gain entrance into Syria, “dozens” of al-Qaeda fighters were arrested and three buses and a truck filled with heavy and light weapons were seized.

The terrorists, reportedly based in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh and its western province of Anbar, have also used Jordan and Turkey as access points into Syria. One Iraqi official said that Nineveh and Anbar have become “land bridges for the transportation of weapons and ammunition from the huge arsenal built up over its years of existence in Iraq.” Funding for the al-Qaeda incursion into Syria is reportedly coming from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states in the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The troubling news comes as Bashar Assad continues his vicious crackdown on Syria’s anti-government protesters, an assault which has to date killed an estimated 3,000 people and wounded over 10,000. However, the Syrian regime now finds itself faced with a growing armed resistance in the guise of the Free Syria Army, a newly organized militia comprised of defectors from Syria’s armed forces.

Now, the entrance of al-Qaeda onto the scene threatens to push Syria toward outright civil war. Moreover, the presence of al-Qaeda inter-mixed with Syrian rebels bring to mind the scenario recently played out in Libya in which the armed opposition, trained and equipped by NATO, consisted of a motley and nefarious hodgepodge of Islamists, former regime supporters and al-Qaeda insurgents.

In fact, other similarities to the Libyan campaign come to mind with the increasing role that NATO is playing behind the scenes of the conflict. According to Israeli intelligence sources, NATO, in conjunction with Turkey’s Military High Command, is already drawing up plans to arm rebels with “large quantities of anti-tank and anti-air rockets, mortars and heavy machine guns.”

Moreover, these same sources say Syrian rebels, along with paramilitary brigades affiliated to al-Qaeda, are already being trained by Turkish military officers at “makeshift installations in Turkish bases near the Syrian border.”

That Syrian President Bashar Assad should now find himself and his regime at odds with al-Qaeda should surprise little, given the terror group’s announcement in July of its solidarity with Syria’s anti-regime protesters.

Their ringing endorsement came in a video message delivered by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri in which he claimed that Assad had betrayed the Arab world as “America’s partner in the war on Islam.” To that end, al-Zawahri urged the “free people of Syria and its mujahideen” to overthrow Assad, the “leader of criminal gangs.”

Nonetheless, al-Zawahri’s message of jihadist solidarity found little open support from Syrian protest leaders, most of whom publicly professed a preference for peaceful protests as well as a fear that al-Qaeda’s entrance into the fight would escalate into an even bloodier sectarian conflict.

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  • http://msmignoresit.blogspot.com/ msmii

    Quietly Obama does a few things in relation to Syria

    Let’s recap the situation;
    For six months Baher al-Assad has been slaughtering sunni muslims
    At month five, Obama has said next to nothing about Syria while touting his success in Libya
    In contrast, he signed an executive order banning financial transactions, business deals between the US/US Persons and the government of Syria
    Yesterday the State Department tells US Citizens to leave

    Is this plausible deniability? http://msmignoresit.blogspot.com/2011/09/army-of-

    • StephenD

      Visited your site. Well thought out post. This should be up for discussion on the evening news and commentary shows.
      As to Syria, I agree that we should be questioning why the US is essentially silent on this (as far as we can tell). I hope you're wrong but to date this Administration has done exactly what any anti-Israel Operation worth its salt would do.

    • Fred Dawes

      Its called the CIA

  • Larry

    Time for Israel to grasp the bull by the horns and make Syria's problems even worse. Dump the occupiers of Judea and Samaria the other side of the Golan Heights.

    • Fred Dawes

      WHAT Israel needs to do is tell the muslims to get-out or die by the millions.

      • sue

        they are all Mossad agents who are working as a rebellions. In all Middle EAst they are all spread in their countries and have equipped with heavy weapons to destroyed the peace in these countries, in this way country will be in unstable condition and Israel will have all control in their oil wells. This is Plan and USA helping them out their Operation Shekhina will succeed to get all oil in their HAIfa Territories and they sell oil to us in $5.00/gallon, Good job United States of Israel.

      • htt

        Instead all jews should be leave from Israel because there are 70% non Israeli in Israel and only 30% are Israel

  • mrbean

    Well, by 2012 election, the clandestine Muslim Marxist in the Whitehouse oval office and his post menopausal hag Secretary of State should have a full scale war going on in the Middle East with their incompetency!

  • BLJ

    I wish we would have an Arab Spring here in America and get rid of our Islamic leader.

    • Fred Dawes

      now that is a real idea.

    • hkjk

      Alqueda are Mossad agents which is stablished by Karl Rove with the help of CIA

  • UCSPanther

    Revolutions in the Middle have had a long bad track record. It was a "revolution" that created the Nasserite strongman era in Egypt (ending with Mubarak), the Gaddafi era in Libya, and even installed that demented theocracy that rules Iran.

    They ultimately aren't revolutions, but rather coups where a new faction of inmates take control of the asylum.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    The guy on the left in the above photo is a Blackwater agent. Note the caucasian features, extra snug fitting balaclava, polo shirt, and wristwatch.

    • Anon

      oh and the ID badge too

  • 9-11 Infidel

    Its all about the rise of the Islamic Khalipha, nothing more, nothing less. Its comming down to a Sunni/Shia battle as to who fills the position of the Mahdi. Islamic eschatology says it will be a Syrian that leads that coalition. Could it be an Alawite? Or a Sunni? Iran or Saudi. Who will be the guardians of Islam and the chief benefactors of Filistinia? All the so-called Arab Spring revolution is doing, is replacing one despot with another. Only the replacement despot(s) will be theocratic slime-balls such as the vermin that currently inhabit Tehran. AQ vs Syria? Just another despot fighting another despot.

  • Fred Dawes

    Alex jones knew that on day 0ne. the Arab spring has always been a tool to use against the free people of this world and its not only the muslims are behind this little evil, here comes the third world war.

  • Imperialist killer

    since one has Iran funded Al-Qaeda? Al-Qaeda is at war with Iran. Iran funded the northern alliance against the taliban and al-qaeda they are also at war with jundullah, in their own country, get your facts right, this is basic knowledge

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  • bklki

    Strange Accusations of a Cyber-raven

    JEAN-MARC LECLERC
    Le Figaro, October 12, 2007

    INTERNET The PJ (Police Judiciere) investigates an electronic mail that was sent during the presidential election to one hundred top responsible of the police force. The email affirms that Sarkozy, like Balkany, Lellouche, Devedjian and Aeschlimann were connected to Mossad. Did a dispensary want to destabilize Nicolas Sarkozy during the presidential campaign? An inquiry entrusted to the Police Judiciere (Judiciary Police) must establish this. At the end of March, 2007, in the 'last right' of the election, all departmental managers of the Public Security, around one hundred senior civil servants, were sent a strange electronic mail. The future president was bluntly accused of having been recruited in 1980s by Mossad, the Israeli secret service.The sent text comes in the form of a “synthesis “ of two pages. Its title is: « The infiltration of the Israeli Mossad in the UMP. Nicolas Sarkozy: the fourth man. » Above, a pseudo-logo of the "DGSE". « All this smells heavily of manipulation, with reek from the extreme right », warns a senior executive in the ministry of the Interior.

    According to the author of the email, in 1978 the government of Menahem Begin ordered the infiltration of the Gaullist party to make a kind of partner of it for Israel. The operation was set up by Rafael Eytan, an Israeli spy-master. « Three French citizens predisposed to collaborate » would therefore have been targeted: Patrick Balkany, Patrick Devedjian and Pierre Lellouche. Balkany is introduced as the leader of "network".

    In 1983, Patrick Balkany would have recruited the "young and promising" Sarkozy, the « fourth man of the Mossad ». The fifth recruit came to complete the implement in the 1990s: Manuel Aeschlimann, deputy-mayor of Asnières (Hauts-de-Seines). The cyber-raven affirms that this one is close to Sarkozy « and is in charge of establishing contacts with Iranian representatives in France ». A proposition all the more perfidious as his city of Asnières really receives a strong Iranian community.No traces.

    Embarrassed, the police at the time must have reported the contents of this strange email and the quality of its addressees in high places. Immediately, an inquiry was carried out diligently and entrusted to PJ. The policemen discovered that the message came from a cybercoffee in Vald' Oise.

    But the raven chose well the place from where to blow the whistle in a trade where anonymity is the rule. He chose a cybercafé where law does not impose to introduce papers to access computers and there was no video surveillance. No footprint and no trace of DNA could be exploited. The expertise of machines gave nothing. No more than the semantic analysis of the text.

    And the inquiry continues at the request of the Office of Public Prosecutor. At the risk of giving in this affair an importance which it did not deserve. This is the main reason they killed jewish in France to frame other religion. It was all preplanned.

  • jkhh

    you are an idiot and far away from the truth, when Mossad will come and get you then you will find the real life for your self when you don't even have a cloth,food,shelter, or anything with you, but black filthy place for you and torture like waterboarding then you realize how horrible the life would be of yours.