A man wearing a black shirt bearing an al-Qaeda flag (L) speaks with a UN observer as monitors meet with rebels and civilians in the village of Azzara in the province of Homs in Syria on May 4, 2012.
Syria’s Foreign Ministry has written a letter to the U.N. Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon accusing neighboring Turkey of allowing thousands of al-Qaeda and “Takfiri and Wahhabi terrorists” to cross the border to “kill innocent Syrians, blow up their properties and spread chaos and destruction.”
The letter confirms earlier reports of al-Qaeda jihadists moving into Syria.
In February, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said al-Qaeda has “infiltrated” Syrian opposition group and is likely responsible for a number of terrorist attacks. Two bombings in Damascus in December and attacks on security and intelligence buildings in Aleppo “had all the earmarks of an al-Qaeda-like attack,” Clapper said, according to the Washington Post.
In July, German intelligence confirmed Clapper’s remarks about al-Qaeda. It estimated that “around 90″ terror attacks that “can be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groups” were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July.
More importantly, the West is overtly funding and arming al-Qaeda’s attacks inside Syria. “France has announced that it will be funding and arming terrorists operating along Syria’s borders, offering them heavy weapons, just as they did in Libya last year,” Tony Cartalucci wrote earlier this month.
“In fact, the US-British and UN-listed terrorists assisted into power in Libya, are now leading death squads currently ravaging Syria – disingenuously portrayed as ‘indigenous’ ‘freedom fighters’ by the Western press.”
As the Guardian noted in July, the Free Syria Army (FSA), supported by the West, is indistinguishable from al-Qaeda.
The FSA is directly supported by the CIA, according to the New York Times. CIA “officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers,” the newspaper reported in June.
Also in July, the U.S. Treasury admitted that al-Qaeda in Syria – often operating as the “Al Nusra Front for the People of the Levant” – are securing “routes through Turkey and Iraq for foreign fighters, most of whom are from the Middle East and North Africa. A growing number of donors from the Persian Gulf and Levant appear to be sending financial support.”
The United Nations has determined that other FSA affiliates are linked to al-Qaeda, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group that has actively armed, funded, and commanded entire FSA brigades.
“This means that the United States, the UK, NATO, and the Gulf State despots of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are knowingly and willfully funding, arming, and politically backing designated affiliates of Al Qaeda contrary not only to US and British anti-terror legislation, but contrary to numerous UN resolutions as well. Western and Gulf State support of the FSA constitutes state sponsorship of terrorism,” Cartalucci wrote in August.
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