British SAS Special Forces “Dressed Up as ISIS
Rebels” Fighting Assad in Syria
By Stephen Lendman
August 05, 2015 "Information
On August 2,
Sunday Express newspaper headlined “SAS dress as ISIS fighters
in undercover war on jihadis,” saying:
“More than 120 members belonging to the elite
regiment are currently in the war-torn country” covertly “dressed in
black and flying ISIS flags,” engaged in what’s called Operation
Shader – attacking Syrian targets on the pretext of combatting ISIS.
Maybe covert US special forces and CIA elements
are involved the same way. During Obama’s war on Libya, Britain
deployed hundreds of Special Forces Support Group (SFSG)
paratroopers – drawn from SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special
Boat Service) personnel.
Around 800 Royal Marines and 4,000 US counterparts
were on standby to intervene on short notice if ordered.
The latest revelation comes two weeks after
learning Prime Minister David Cameron last year approved British
warplanes joining US ones in bombing Syria despite parliamentary
rejection in August 2013.
At least part of its current covert ground
operation is under US command – so-called “smash” units traveling in
pickup trucks able to launch mini-UAVs to scan terrain for targets
Over 250 UK (and perhaps US) specialists are
involved to provide communications support, the Sunday Express
British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said
“(o)ur actions and surveillance capabilities are freeing up other
countries to strike in Syria.”
UK SAS forces are in Saudi Arabia training
anti-Assad terrorists along with US operatives doing the same thing
– including in Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and perhaps Israel.
US and UK claims about training so-called
“moderate” rebels reflect smoke-screen cover for working directly
with ISIS terrorists – trained, armed and funded abroad, funneled
cross-border into Syria to fight Assad, now with US/UK and Canadian
air support along with covert commandos on the ground.
The Express cited former British Army General
David Richards saying “tanks will roll” as part of UK operations in
A separate article discussed US airstrikes
defending ISIS terrorists serving as US foot soldiers against Assad.
Wall Street Journal reported what appears ominously like prelude
to Libya 2.0 – falsely claiming Obama authorized airstrikes against
Syrian forces if they attack (nonexistent) US-supported “moderate”
Separately, Turkish media reported President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan saying Putin may have softened on Assad. (H)e may
give up on” him.
Obama said he was “encouraged by the fact that Mr.
Putin called him (in late June) and initiated the call to talk about
I think they get a sense that the Assad regime
is losing a grip over greater and greater swaths of territory
inside of Syria and that the prospects for a (jihadist) takeover
or rout of the Syrian regime is not imminent but becomes a
greater and greater threat by the day. That offers us an
opportunity to have a serious conversation with them.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said both leaders
discussed combatting terrorism – especially the Islamic State.
“The Russian view is well-known,” he explained.
“(I)t was reiterated by (Putin) during (his) conversation” with
Obama. It hasn’t changed.
Putin opposes outside interference by any nations
in the internal affairs of others. He supports the sovereign right
of Syrians and other people to choose their own leaders and
Putin aide Yury Ushakov said “the current
leadership of Syria is one of the real and effective forces
confronting the Islamic State.”
Nothing indicates less Russian support for Assad.
Lendman lives in Chicago. He
can be reached at
email@example.com. His new book as editor and
contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony
Risks WW III.”http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
- Visit his blog site at
sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with
distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the
Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live
on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived