As Predicted, Syrian Emergency Task Force Dumps Elizabeth O’Bagy

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The Syrian Emergency Task Force, a group of Syrians lobbying for American intervention, needed an American front woman with outside credentials. After the Institute for the Study of War dumped Elizabeth O’Bagy and her credibility was shot, the SETF didn’t need her anymore.

On Sunday, I wondered how long it would take. “O’Bagy was just a spokeswoman for a Syrian rebel front group. Now that the jig is up, her gig will soon be up too.”

On Monday, it happened.

“The Syrian Emergency Task Force announced officially today that Elizabeth O’Bagy is no longer working with the organization,” the group’s executive director Mouaz Moustafa said Monday. “Although the SETF deeply regrets the poor judgment exercised by Ms. O’Bagy in misstating her credentials, we stand by her research on the realities on the ground in Syria. The mission of the Syrian Emergency Task Force is to educate the American public and policy makers on the Syrian crisis and to provide humanitarian assistance to Syrians in need.”

The mission of the Syrian Emergency Task Force is to push for weapons and military support for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist brigades. I doubt there was any investigation beyond looking through the resumes of the next useful front man or front woman for the terrorists.

Mouaz Moustafa is a good deal worse than Elizabeth O’Bagy as documented earlier.

Before the Syrian Emergency Task Force, Moustafa was the Executive Director of the Libyan Council of North America, which like the SETF existed to help push regime change. Before that, he mentions working with “rebels” in Egypt. His Twitter account frequently features anti-Israel material, including calls for a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. On his YouTube account, he “liked” a video featuring Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, “crying while praying”.

O’Bagy is disposable and proved to be disposable. It’s the SETF that matters.

  • Biff Henderson

    It turns out the Mo Mob bag lady is a lying dirt bag, but not where it counts. Selective truth, the narrative, remains intact.

  • No RNC

    Thanks to the non-official media including Frontpage and especially the always insightful & prescience Mr. Greenfield this sham was quickly uncovered and the damage done was limited.