Confirmed: US Shipping Weapons to Syria - Al Nusra's "Mystery"
By Tony Cartalucci
March 25, 2013 "Information
- While US
President Barack Obama and the Western media lied in concert to
the world regarding America's role in supporting terrorists
operating in Syria, it is now revealed that the US Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been shipping weapons to Syria via
NATO-member Turkey and Jordan since at least early 2012. The New
York Times in their article titled, "Arms
Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid," admits
help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have
sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition
fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of
arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar
al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with
officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel
The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and
continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a
steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows.
It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights
by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes
landing at Esenboga Airport near Ankara, and, to a lesser
degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.
York Times piece attempts to spin America's role in arming
militants in Syria. The Times continues by stating:
American government became involved, the former American
official said, in part because there was a sense that other
states would arm the rebels anyhow. The C.I.A. role in
facilitating the shipments, he said, gave the United States
a degree of influence over the process, including trying to
steer weapons away from Islamist groups and persuading
donors to withhold portable antiaircraft missiles that might
be used in future terrorist attacks on civilian aircraft.
categorically false. Already, in 2007, US officials had divulged
plans to destroy Syria by arming sectarian extremists, using
Saudi Arabia and other regional actors as proxies to launder US
and Israel support through - maintaining a degree of credibility
amongst the terrorist receiving the aid, as well as a degree of
plausible deniabiliy for Washington and Tel Aviv politically. In
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh's 2007 New
Yorker article, "The
Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our
enemies in the war on terrorism?" the strategy was described
undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush
Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its
priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the
Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s
government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that
are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization
that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in
clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A
by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of
Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of
Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al
more importantly, the report would also state:
of the core tactics of the redirection are not public,
however. The clandestine operations have been kept secret,
in some cases, by leaving the execution or the funding to
the Saudis, or by finding other ways to work around the
normal congressional appropriations process, current and
former officials close to the Administration said.
"Mystery" of Al Qaeda's al-Nusra Sponsorship Revealed
The confirmed admission implicates NATO directly in militarily
intervening in Syria's ongoing conflict and reveals the source
of arms and cash that have ended up primarily in the hands of Al
Qaeda's Syrian franchise,
designated terror front, Jabhat al-Nusra. (see
here for other examples of US arming listed terror
The CIA, Western media, and Western politicians insist that they
have taken every precaution to ensure the now admitted torrent
of cash and weapons that have been flowing into Syria to
compound and perpetuate the bloodbath, did not end up in the
hands of terrorists. However, no plausible explanation has been
given as to where al-Nusra is getting its cash and weapons from,
or how it has managed to eclipse the extensively Western-backed
"moderates," to become the premier front in the fight against
the Syrian people.
Indeed, the New York Times' article "Syrian
Rebels Tied to Al Qaeda Play Key Role in War," states:
lone Syrian rebel group with an explicit stamp of approval
from Al Qaeda has become one of the uprising’s most
effective fighting forces, posing a stark challenge to the
United States and other countries that want to support the
rebels but not Islamic extremists.
Money flows to the group, the Nusra Front, from
like-minded donors abroad. Its fighters, a small
minority of the rebels, have the boldness and skill to
storm fortified positions and lead other battalions to
capture military bases and oil fields. As their
successes mount, they gather more weapons and attract
The group is a direct offshoot of Al Qaeda in Iraq,
Iraqi officials and former Iraqi insurgents say, which
has contributed veteran fighters and weapons.
London Telegraph reports in their article, "Syria:
how jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra is taking over Syria's
And in recent weeks it is Jabhat al-Nusra, a radical
jihadist group blacklisted by the US as terrorists and a
group that wants Syria to be an uncompromising Islamic
state governed by sharia, that is holding sway.
The group is well funded – probably through established
global jihadist networks – in comparison to moderates.
Meanwhile pro-democracy rebel group commanders say money
from foreign governments has all but dried up because of
fears over radical Islamists.
effect is changing the face of the Syrian revolution
is well funded – probably through established global jihadist
networks – in comparison to moderates." Could the London
Telegraph be capable of such incomplete or incompetent reporting
regarding what it seems to allude to as an unsolvable "mystery"
regarding al-Nusra's sponsors?
In October of 2012, the Land Destroyer Report published, "NATO
Using Al Qaeda Rat Lines to Flood Syria With Foreign Terrorists,"
which traced the logistical network now admitted to by the New
York Times. This logistical network was then overlaid with Al
Qaeda's regional networks, documented extensively during the US
occupation of Iraq by the US Army's own West Point Combating
Terrorism Center. The very regions along the Turkish-Syrian
border, the Jordanian-Syrian border, and the Iraqi-Syrian border
which served as recruiting and staging grounds for Al Qaeda
terrorists during the Iraq War, now serve as the primary
logistical hubs admittedly overseen by the CIA.
Image: (Left) West
Point's Combating Terrorism Center's 2007 report, "Al-Qa'ida's
Foreign Fighters in Iraq" indicated which areas in Syria Al
Qaeda fighters filtering into Iraq came from. The overwhelming
majority of them came from Dayr Al-Zawr in Syria's southeast,
Idlib in the north near the Turkish-Syrian border, and Dar'a in
the south near the Jordanian-Syrian border. (Right) A map
indicating the epicenters of violence in Syria indicate that the
exact same hotbeds for Al Qaeda in 2007, now serve as the
epicenters of so-called "pro-democracy fighters."
It is now admitted that thousands of tons of weapons have been
smuggled into Syria by the US and its regional allies. While the
Western media has attempted in the past to feign ignorance as to
where Al Qaeda's al-Nusra was getting their weapons from, it is
now abundantly clear - al-Nusra's power has expanded across
Syria in tandem with the CIA's ever-expanding operations along
the nation's borders. If the US is working directly with Saudi
Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, to arm militants, who else could
possibly be working to arm and fund al-Nusra on a greater scale
if not this axis itself?
This criminal conspiracy appears to have escaped the UN's
competence and capabilities, requiring that states around the
world mobilize an expedient response to the dangerous, unhinged
and genocidal campaign being waged by the West against Syria. If
the West refuses to end its direct fueling of the Syrian crisis
or answer for how their weapons have ended up almost exclusively
in al-Nusra's hands, Syria's allies must begin contemplating
open and extensive aid to help the nation defend itself against
overt international terrorism.
Reports indicate that it was al-Nusra who used chemical weapons
in Syria's northern city of Aleppo,
according to the London Telegraph. An Al Qaeda terror front
wielding WMDs, we are told, is the sum of all fears and the
ultimate impetus driving the unending "War on Terror." Through
direct, intentional actions by the West itself, this nightmare
has become a reality - one that must be addressed, lest the
world descend into global anarchy or worse.
Tony Cartalucci blogs at at
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