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U.S. Backed Syrian Opposition YEARS BEFORE Uprising Started
Posted By Washingtons Blog On September 3, 2013 @ 1:30 am In Weekend | Comments Disabled
So the American government’s argument that “we must stop Assad because he’s brutally crushing a spontaneous popular uprising” is false. The U.S. started supporting the rebels 5 years before the protests started.
Moreover, reports from mainstream media sources such as the New York Times , (and here ), Wall Street Journal , USA Today , CNN , McClatchy  (and here ), AP , Time , BBC , the Independent , the Telegraph , Agence France-Presse , Asia Times , and the Star  (and here ) – confirm that supporting the rebels means supporting Al Qaeda and two other terrorist groups . Indeed, the the New York Times has reported  that virtually all of the rebel fighters are Al Qaeda terrorists.
By supporting the rebels, we’re supporting our sworn terrorist enemies.
If there is any doubt about this timeline, please keep in mind that the U.S. and Britain considered attacking Syrians and then blaming it on the Syrian government as an excuse for regime change … 50 years ago  (the U.S. just admitted that they did this to Iran )
And the U.S. has been planning regime change in Syria for 20 years straight .
Libya’s Gaddafi claimed  that the rebels in that country were actually Al Qaeda.
That claim – believe it or not – has been confirmed .
According to a 2007 report  by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s center, the Libyan city of Benghazi was one of Al Qaeda’s main headquarters – and bases for sending Al Qaeda fighters into Iraq – prior to the overthrow of Gaddafi:
The Hindustan Times reported :
“There is no question that al Qaeda’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition,” Bruce Riedel, former CIA officer and a leading expert on terrorism, told Hindustan Times.
It has always been Qaddafi’s biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi.
(Incidentally, Gaddafi was on the verge of invading Benghazi in 2011, 4 years after the West Point report cited Benghazi as a hotbed of Al Qaeda terrorists. Gaddafi claimed – rightly it turns out – that Benghazi was an Al Qaeda stronghold and a main source of the Libyan rebellion. But NATO planes stopped him , and protected Benghazi.)
Al Qaeda is now largely in control of Libya. Indeed, Al Qaeda flags were flown over the Benghazi courthouse  once Gaddafi was toppled.
There is a direct connection to Syria. Specifically, CNN , the Telegraph , the Washington Times , and many other mainstream sources confirm that Al Qaeda terrorists from Libya have since flooded into Syria to fight the Assad regime. And the post-Gaddafi Libyan government is also itself a top funder  and arms supplier  of the Syrian opposition.
The bottom line is that there are no few good guys involved in the Syrian war.
The solution is not to bomb the country … or to send more arms to the rebels.
The solution is to make sure that less weapons – chemical and conventional – get into that tinder box of a country.
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URL to article: http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/09/u-s-backed-syrian-opposition-years-before-uprising-started/
URLs in this post:
 March 2011: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_civil_war
 see this: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/world/timeline-unrest-in-syria/207/
 U.S: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/01/us-usa-syria-obama-order-idUSBRE8701OK20120801
 Syrian opposition: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/syrian-rebels-get-influx-of-arms-with-gulf-neighbors-money-us-coordination/2012/05/15/gIQAds2TSU_story.html
 2006: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/04/18/syria-united-states-backing-wikileaks.html
 arming: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/world/middleeast/cia-said-to-aid-in-steering-arms-to-syrian-rebels.html?pagewanted=all
 2007: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/03/05/070305fa_fact_hersh
 New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/world/middleeast/syrian-rebels-tied-to-al-qaeda-play-key-role-in-war.html?pagewanted=all&gwh=2E4EE16CDE493D9A84175F49CED6AD4E
 here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/25/world/middleeast/al-qaeda-insinuating-its-way-into-syrias-conflict.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
 Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443343704577551281530782466.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
 USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/04/11/syria-al-qaeda-connection/2075323/
 CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/10/opinion/bergen-al-qaeda-syria
 McClatchy: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2012/0217/Top-US-official-Al-Qaeda-in-Iraq-joining-fight-against-Syria-s-Assad
 here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/08/06/198675/al-qaida-groups-lead-syrian-rebels.html#.Uh-wCH-plac
 AP: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57597135/syria-rebels-led-by-militants-with-al-qaeda-links-claim-capture-of-major-air-base/
 Time: http://world.time.com/2012/07/26/time-exclusive-meet-the-islamist-militants-fighting-alongside-syrias-rebels/?iid=gs-main-lede
 BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22095099
 Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/does-obama-know-hes-fighting-on-alqaidas-side-8786680.html
 Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9396256/Al-Qaeda-tries-to-carve-out-a-war-for-itself-in-Syria.html
 Agence France-Presse: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gajqRgjDWax0oBhQk8MU7HX8BwTQ?docId=CNG.8b32ad461489ab05113fc900b5f26049.941
 Asia Times: http://atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/NG24Ak02.html
 Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2012/07/27/al_qaeda_is_seeking_to_manipulate_tensions_in_the_middle_east_to_its_own_advantage_warn_experts.html
 here: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/08/14/al_qaedalinked_syrian_rebels_kill_italian_priest_says_rights_group.html
 two other terrorist groups: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/02/u-s-fighting-on-the-same-side-as-three-terrorist-groups-in-syria.html
 reported: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/world/middleeast/islamist-rebels-gains-in-syria-create-dilemma-for-us.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
 50 years ago: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/07/false-flags-in-syria.html
 did this to Iran: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/cia-admits-it-helped-overthrow-the-democratically-elected-government-of-iran-in-1953.html
 20 years straight: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/neoconservatives-planned-regime-change-throughout-the-middle-east-and-northern-africa-20-years-ago.html
 claimed: http://www.theweek.co.uk/politics/6801/libya-rebels-gaddafi-could-be-right-about-al-qaeda
 confirmed: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8407047/Libyan-rebel-commander-admits-his-fighters-have-al-Qaeda-links.html
 report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/111001074/West-Point-CTC-s-Al-Qa-ida-s-Foreign-Fighters-in-Iraq
 Image: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-liwxsBFq_t8/UIhe2BB69qI/AAAAAAAAElc/WWSQ5URIQ-Y/s1600/WestPoint_1_LibyaAQvsAS.jpg
 reported: http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Americas/Al-Qaeda-present-among-Libyan-rebels/Article1-679511.aspx
 stopped him: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8393843/Libya-Benghazi-about-to-fall...-then-came-the-planes.html
 flown over the Benghazi courthouse: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/did-we-overthrow-gaddafi-just-to-replace-him-with-al-qaeda.html
 CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/28/world/meast/syria-libya-fighters/index.html
 Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8919057/Leading-Libyan-Islamist-met-Free-Syrian-Army-opposition-group.html
 Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/7/syria-strife-lures-in-militants-from-libya/?page=all
 top funder: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/libya-helps-bankroll-syrian-opposition-movement/2012/11/05/98cd728a-2764-11e2-b2a0-ae18d6159439_story.html
 arms supplier: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/8917265/Libyas-new-rulers-offer-weapons-to-Syrian-rebels.html
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