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Syria: AFP / AP sell a Al-Qaeda camp as "Free Syrian Army" training camp.




Our comparison delivers evidence of al Qaeda in Syria and how the several agencies of the colonial powers have been trying to conceal it. (US Ambassador Robert Ford knew that al Qaeda was active in Syria since April 2011 – not to mention that there is a good reason why many call it al-CIAda).

But also corporate and state media in Germany keep the facts under wraps because of their close connections to the German Federal government and they try to sell every strange story for propaganda purposes.


The European, multilingual news television channel Euronews (headquarter in Lyon-Écully, France) reported on 19 December 2012 from a camp in the province of Idlib (Idleb) / Syria.

 Since the end of 2011 / beginning of 2012, there is more and more talk of radical Islamist fighters, even of al-Qaeda. Thousands of them are said to be involved in the Syrian civil war now. Pictures from one of their training camps. The accent of the instructor indicates his origin is from Algeria or Tunisia.

 “Many people of al-Qaeda came from Iraq in order to fight here under the name “Al Nusra Front” against the infidels. The majority of the suicide bombs, which have already hit senior representatives in Syria, go on their account. One of their regional commanders calls himself Sheikh Abu Ahmed".

This Abu Ahmed is likely to come from southern Iraq or the Gulf region according to his accent. He says: We are wholeheartedly against this regime. Since the Arab Spring began, we were the first in the service of the revolution.

AFP and AP

The agency AFP, which represents itself gladly as the “Marines of Journalism – First in, Last out” and supplies about 1,500 U.S. newspapers, is selling the story of the “rebel” camp in Idlib (Idleb), Syria, since the 17 December 2012.

For the agency AP, these Al Qaeda fighters from Iraq and the instructor from North Africa are suddenly deserted Syrian soldiers.

This reads then as follows at Associated Press:

In Idlib province, the brigade is made up of seven battalions with about 900 armed men, said the instructor, Abu Hamza, once a special forces commander who served 12 years in the Syrian military.

There it is – the fairy tale of the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), which only consists of Syrians.

“Abu Hamza, 32, said that for the past month, he has been moving among rebel outposts to train the fighters. The tall, clean-shaven (SN: this should suggest that he is no Islamist) ex-officer said he hopes to pick the best for a future rebel commando unit.

For Monday’s drill, 16 trainees faced Abu Hamza in four rows in the backyard of a farmhouse near the village of Maaret Ikhwan, about half an hour’s drive from the Turkish border.

In order to eliminate any doubts that the camp has been really unmasked by Euronews, we have compared the cock-and-bull stories and we viewed all the available pictures from the trip to Maaret and noticed something amazing.

The pictures prove that it is one and the same training camp of al-Qaeda.

The people and the environment in the pictures from AP / AFP and Euronews are identical. This camp of al Qaeda is undoubtedly the same training camp which is sold by the NATO agencies as a training camp of the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA))

All participating reporters knew where they were. These Syrian “rebels” belong to al Qaeda. The intent to deceive is clear: The character of the war against Syria under the black of al Qaeda flag should be veiled.

The Proof

Here is the evidence with pictures that the sold as Syrian training camp is in fact the al Qaeda camp, which was revealed at Euronews. Note the people and their clothes, and the characteristic shape of the wall.

The result is clear: The scenery is the same. AP sells Al Qaeda fighters deliberately as Syrians.

The German State agency ARD is not different. By the way: Once before we have been able to uncover a propaganda lie by the use of Euronews. In 2011, the German ARD-propagandist Jörg Armbruster had concealed a massacre against Libyan injured in a hospital and he instead has blamed the Libyan army.

Why are AP and AFP (of all things) trying to sell Al Qaeda fighters as “Free Syrian Army” (FSA).

Al Qaeda is still a “terrorist organisation” with whom the civil rights in NATO can be curtailed gorgeously. This image is, however, a hindrance in the fight against the NATO opponents in the Middle East. Americans and Frenchmen as well as the British are among the driving forces behind the Al Qaeda gang in order to overthrow the Syrian governmentThe oil manager Moaz al-Khatib, “appointed” by Hillary Clinton by the use of a open blackmail, and who is even recognized by France as “legitimate representative” of Syria, has already called for an open support of Al Qaeda in Syria

The decision to consider a party that is fighting the regime as a terrorist party needs to be reviewed.

Why is Euronews still able to publish such reports?

The name “Euronews” deceives a little bit. Euronews is an international channel that also belongs to non-EU and Arab, African countries such as Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco and of which – apart of France (France Télévisions) – no major powers of the empire holds any shares. But among the owners are Ukraine, Russia, Switzerland, and Turkey.






Looming clouds of destruction

Prem Shankar Jha

History tends to repeat itself. But seldom has it done so as mindlessly as it is about to do in Syria. The United States and its European allies are about to provide “air and sea support” to the Syrian rebels in order to bring the 20-month civil war to a close. Their plans are far advanced: The USS Eisenhower , with eight squadrons of fighter planes and 8,000 marines, has arrived off the Syrian coast and a second aircraft carrier is on its way. Germany has transferred Patriot missiles to Turkey, which is stationing them on the Syrian border. The United Nations is withdrawing all non-essential personnel from Syria and, following a meeting between Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York, Russia has withdrawn its warships from Lattakia harbour. In its hour of need, Syria, the last secular, modern state in the Arab world, stands utterly alone and abandoned.

The pretext

Even the pretext for the intervention is in place. On December 3, Barack Obama formally warned Syria that “there would be consequences” if it used chemical weapons against its own people or indeed in any circumstances, even to repel a foreign invasion. All that is now needed is a video put up on YouTube showing the effect of Assad’s chemical weapons on ‘innocent civilians’. Doubtless the opposition will oblige, as it has been doing for the last 19 months. As a senior Indian diplomat remarked to the author last week, NATO is preparing another Gulf of Tonkin incident, the faked attack on a U.S. warship that triggered the Vietnam war.

NATO is considering declaring war on Syria out of the purest of motives. According to The Independent of London, the head of Britain’s armed forces, General Sir David Richards, “hosted a confidential meeting in London a few weeks ago attended by the military chiefs of France, Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and the UAE, and a three-star American general, in which the strategy was discussed at length … The commanders’ conference was held at the request of the Prime Minister, according to senior Whitehall sources. David Cameron is said to be determined that more should be done by Britain to bring to an end the bloody strife which has claimed 40,000 lives so far and made millions homeless. One key concern is the onset of winter, with 2.5 million people inside Syria needing help and 1.5 million internally displaced by the fighting, according to the U.N.”

But such expressions of concern ring hollow when they come from countries that did not hesitate to invade Iraq after fabricating the same pretext they are thinking of using now in Syria, and declared an unprovoked war on Libya under a U.N. resolution obtained through fraud. The real reason for this lurch towards direct military intervention (albeit without ‘boots on the ground’) is the West’s belated realisation that a victory by the ‘opposition’ will bring to power not a moderate Sunni government controlled by Turkey but a government dominated by the violent and bigoted Takfiris that make up al-Qaeda.

This threat has not developed suddenly. Indeed the U.S. has been fully aware of the presence of al-Qaeda in the so-called Free Syrian Army since April 20, 2011 when Jihadis captured a truck (or Armoured Personnel Carrier) near Dera’a, and killed all the 18 or 20 soldiers it was carrying not by shooting them but by cutting their throats in the approved Islamic manner. A few days later, the U.S. ambassador in Syria, Robert Ford, called some of his colleagues in Damascus, including the Indian ambassador, and told them that al-Qaeda had arrived in Syria.

April 20, however, was only the beginning. All through the summer and autumn of 2011, and throughout 2012, videos posted by the rebels themselves showed that the armed opposition in Syria has been sliding inexorably into the hands of radical Islamists. Thousands of foreign fighters have poured into Syria from Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, and places as far apart as Pakistan and Chechnya. Syrian television broadcast interviews with numerous young men captured in Homs and elsewhere, who gave graphic descriptions of how they had been recruited by al-Qaeda to fight for Islam against a heretical regime in Syria. The rebels themselves have posted YouTube videos showing them executing captured Syrian soldiers and civilians in the approved manner.

But the Obama administration has steadfastly chosen to believe that the jihadis make up only ‘a tiny fraction’ of the "Free Syrian Army", and has continued to provide FSA with logistical support, that is, satellite-based information about Syrian troop and VIP movements, and look the other way while Qatar and Saudi Arabia have provided it with guns and mounted pick-up trucks, mortars and RPGs.

This make-believe game had to end, and it did so when a Libyan ship docked in a Turkish port in September 2012 with 400 tons of weapons for the rebels in Syria. This shipment contained SA-7 portable anti-aircraft missiles and Rocket Propelled Grenades. When interviewed, the captain of the ship admitted that he belonged to an organisation that reported directly to the Libyan government. As if that was not disturbing enough, on October 10, the New York Times reported that most of the weapons that had been supplied by Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia had gone to hard line Islamist groups in Syria.

Nightmare coming true

For the European Union and the U.S., this was a nightmare coming true. The EU had imposed an embargo on the sale of arms to any party in Syria and the U.S. had refused increasingly frenzied demands from the "FSA" for ‘heavy weapons’, because they did not want the missiles, which are capable of bringing down civilian aircraft, to fall into al-Qaeda’s hands. Now their own Sunni allies had connived to deliver SA-7s from Qadhafi’s stock in Libya to the "rebels". The nightmare became real on November 28 when a rebel group brought down a Syrian army helicopter with a heat seeking missile somewhere north of Aleppo, and western intelligence sources told the Washington Post the very next day that the ‘rebels’ now had at least 40 such missile systems.

At about the same time, it became apparent that the fight against Assad had passed into Takfiris’ hands. Writing in Foreign Policy in October, Aaron Lund listed seven Islamist umbrella groups with, if their claims are accurate, more than 30,000 fighters. All but two are overtly Takfiri, that is, prepared to punish any form of apostasy with death. In the remaining two the most powerful brigades, such as the Ansar-ul-Islam, are made largely of foreign jihadis. Mr. Lund concluded that “Jihadis still make up a minority of the Syrian rebel movement … but they punch far above their weight in terms of both military effectiveness and ideological influence.”

Another mistake

In September, therefore, the NATO powers found themselves on the verge of making the same mistake that the U.S. had made when it invaded Iraq. By destroying Saddam Hussein’s secular albeit despotic regime in 2003, the U.S. created the ‘Shia crescent’ that Israel held responsible for its setback in Lebanon in 2006. The Arab Spring and Osama bin Laden’s death lulled the Obama administration into believing that the threat from al-Qaeda was almost over, and that it was now possible to create a ‘Sunni crescent’ of moderate Islamic states that would safeguard Israel and western interests in the near east. Syria was intended to become the fulcrum of this Sunni crescent, but instead it is on the verge of becoming a jihadi state.

The West has decided to join in the attack on Syria in the hope that by hastening the end of the war, it will forestall the further rise of jihadis. But even had this been possible, the decision has come too late. The first indicator of Salafi supremacy within the armed opposition came in early October when western-backed FSA commanders who had formed a joint military command decided to celebrate by inviting Sheikh Adnan al-Aroor to be their guest of honour.

The West got its second shock on December 11 when the U.S. decided to declare Jabhat Al Nusra, the most ruthless and powerful jihadi group in Syria, a terrorist organisation and ban the supply of arms to it. No sooner had the news spread than 29 fighting brigades and civilian fronts of the armed opposition banded together to pledge allegiance to it and denounce the U.S. decision. A widely circulated statement on the Syrian opposition’s Facebook page read “These are the men for the people of Syria, these are the heroes who belong to us in religion, in blood and in revolution,” The Al Nusra Front is the Syrian offshoot of Abu Mussab Al Zarqawi’s al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Had the NATO powers not been obsessed with the need to keep up the appearance of control, it would have realised long ago that hastening the collapse of the Assad regime would worsen the power vacuum that will follow and almost certainly trigger another vicious civil war, this time between the moderate and Salafi "militias" in the opposition.

(The writer is a senior journalist.)

Source:The Hindu

 Prepared by:M.D


Tunisia Sending Terrorists to Syria via Turkey

TEHRAN (FNA)- An organized terrorist network in Tunisia recruits and dispatches young people to Syria via Turkey after training and mobilizing them, media reports disclosed on Wednesday, adding that the Tunisian government is fully aware of the crime.

According to a report by the internet-edition of Tunisian al-Jaridah daily, the family of Omayah bin Mohammad Noureddin, one of the Tunisian terrorists, have called the newspaper and revealed the details of the crime.

."It is a phenomenon which has extensively spread across Tunisia," Noureddin's family members said

They said their son, 25, and a junior of history at college left home on December 12, sent to Syria via Turkey and has not returned yet.

The report came after three Tunisian terrorists were arrested by the Syrian army in October. The three militants belong to a group of foreign terrorists supporting the so-called Free Syrian Army, dubbed 'Jibhat Nosrat El Shem.'

It is estimated that hundreds of Tunisian terrorists are currently fighting against forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as West-led foreign fighters who seek to destabilize the Arab country.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of stirring unrests in Syria once again.

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.


British MPs write to William Hague over UK military action in Syria




British MPs have written to William Hague to express concern about possible UK military action in Syria and to seek information on the legal basis for it.

The Commons foreign affairs committee (FAC) has also asked the foreign secretary to consult parliament before providing any military support to the Syrian opposition, warning that the circumstances are different from the NATO  intervention in Libya last year.

Richard Ottaway, the FAC chairman, told Hague: “Grave concerns have been expressed by some members … about the value, legitimacy, and legality of western intervention in Syria.” The internal situation in Syria was complex and the international community divided, with Russia strongly opposed to western intervention. The background and circumstances were very different to those present before the 2011 coalition intervention in Libya, which had the backing of a UN resolution.

“At the time of our intervention in Libya, the government published a summary of the legal advice it had received, which concluded that UN resolutions provided a ‘clear and unequivocal’ legal basis for the deployment of UK forces and military assets to Libya,” Ottaway wrote. “Has the government sought legal advice on the lawfulness of, and international legal basis for, any form of additional UK intervention in Syria? If so, following the Libyan precedent, will it provide to the house a summary of this advice?”

Ottaway cited recent developments including Britain joining France, Turkey and the Gulf states in recognising the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the legitimate representatives of the Syrian people; reports that France and possibly the US, are providing arms to the opposition, and confirmation from David Cameron that the EU would be re-examinig its arms embargo on Syria. “We must now explore all options to help the opposition and to enable greater support for the protection of civilians,” the prime minister said.

by Ian Black, the Guardian





All the new Embassies, not Diplomats, they are actually Spy Centers




As part of his must-read expose of the runaway “secret” government, Tom Engelhart points out that all of the new “embassies” are really spying posts.

Just this month the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, originally a place for analysis and coordination, announced at a conference that his agency was going to expand into “humint” in a big way, filling embassies around the world with a new corps of clandestine operators who had diplomatic or other “cover.”  He was talking about fielding 1,600 “collectors” who would be “trained by the CIA and often work with the Joint Special Operations Command.”  Never, in other words, will a country have had so many “diplomats” who know absolutely nothing about diplomacy.

Now at least, it’s easier to understand why, from London to Baghdad to Islamabad, the U.S. has been building humongous embassies fortified like ancient castles and the size of imperial palaces for unparalleled staffs of “diplomats.”  These will now clearly include scads of CIA, DIA, and perhaps DCS agents, among others, under diplomatic “cover".





Man who left Ireland to fight with Syrian "rebels" dies in gunfight




A YOUNG man who left Ireland to fight against the regime in Syria has been shot dead during a skirmish.

Young entrepreneur Hudhaifa El Sayed (23) lived much of his life in Drogheda, having moved to Ireland with his surgeon father.

The family are originally from Egypt but Mr El Sayed was inspired to travel to Syria to try and help oust president Bashar al-Assad.

According to reports he was killed on Tuesday in a gunfight with regime forces in the north-western Idleb province.

There were heavy clashes in the area this week as armed forces pursued rebels, destroying armed vehicles and claiming several lives.

Before joining rebel forces, Mr El Sayed had been like many other Irish youngsters -- attending St Mary's school in Drogheda before holding down several jobs in Dublin. He had recently been involved in setting up his own company.

But he was one of a handful of men from Ireland who have headed to Syria in order to join the uprising.

Speaking to reporters in Syria before his death, he admitted his parents were concerned about his choice.

"They are still worried for my safety out here," he said. But he added that one of his goals in life was "defending the weak against injustice and the oppressors".

He felt strongly that the fight in Syria was justified and would build a better future for the troubled region.

He was well known in the Islamic community in Ireland and friends posted dozens of messages in tribute and sympathy last night.

One said: "This is such a great loss to the community and of course the family, my thoughts and prayers goes out to him and his family and friends."


Several friends and relatives changed their profile picture to that of Mr El Sayed in tribute.

Mourners gathered at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland in Clonskeagh last night as news of Mr El Sayed's death filtered through.

It is understood that Mr El Sayed was killed as rebels pushed from the north of the country, aimed at pressurising al-Assad as insurgents closed on the capital from the south.

The United Nations yesterday launched what it said was its "largest short-term humanitarian appeal ever" for $1.5bn to help millions of Syrians suffering a "dramatically deteriorating" humanitarian situation.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there is no prospect of an end to the 21-month conflict in Syria.

He said that the only way to stop the violence is a political settlement and he again urged the deeply divided UN Security Council to unite and "give a very strong political direction" to the two sides.

"Syria began the year in conflict, and ends the year in war," he said. "Day by day, the death toll has climbed. Month by month, the regional spillover has grown."


Irish Independent







Russian Security Chief-US seeks ‘world supremacy’ through advanced weapons




RT-The Secretary of the Security Council of Russia has provided his views on a number of national security issues, including the importance of preserving Russia’s nuclear arsenal against potential adversaries.

Nikolay Patrushev, commenting on how atomic weapons play more of a political role than a military one, said the consequences of even a “limited nuclear intervention” are so catastrophic that it makes the usage of such weapons absolutely impossible.

Nuclear arsenals therefore continue to serve as an effective deterrent against any possible large-scale war, Patrushev told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper in an interview.

Patrushev spoke candidly on the nature and source of threats to Russian security, and what those challenges mean for the country.

“We…understand that the atomic weapons of leading western counties are aimed mainly against Russia,” he said. “In these conditions – and given the insufficient strength of Russia’s conventional armed forces – the preservation of the nuclear potential is a priority task.”

While ruling out the possibility of total nuclear disarmament, Patrushev nevertheless explained that a new generation of weapon systems – including anti-ballistic missiles – is changing the nuclear calculus.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin spoke on the threat of mobile, naval-based elements of the US missile defense system “suddenly appearing” on Russia’s coastline. Such an event would trigger “the harshest reaction from Russia," he warned.

Rogozin said that Russia is now taking definite steps to counter US warships “equipped with the Aegis integrated naval weapons system.”

Moscow has frequently warned of “another arms race” unless a bilateral agreement is reached on NATO’s plans for missile defense near the Russian border.

Patrushev continued that theme in his interview, underlining the technological advances that have changed the face of war.

Not long ago, any state that possessed nuclear weapons was undoubtedly a “dominating force” in the international arena, he noted. However, in a clear reference to US plans for a naval-based missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, Patrushev mentioned that a new generation of weapons is being developed, and that “the United States has proven successful in this field of research.”

Patrushev explained that Russia, which has seen success in developing state-of-the-art technology, had not given enough attention to that field of research. As new weaponry appears, the US appears to be reconsidering the role of strategic nuclear arms in the fulfillment of a “geopolitical idea of world supremacy,” the security official added.

Political Challenges from the West

Unfortunately, as political events over the last year have proven, challenges to Russia from the West are not limited to the realm of military technologies.

“Last fall, Russia became (the target of) informational, organizational and other external leverages of interference into its internal affairs,” the Security Chief noted.

Patrushev talked about the mass protests that followed parliamentary elections last December and the presidential elections in March this year. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets amid allegations from the political opposition that the election results were fraudulent.

While acknowledging the “constitutional right” of the demonstrators to assemble and protest, the Security Chief said that such actions should be carried out within the framework of the law. Unfortunately, this was not always the case.

Some members of the opposition and radical groups attempted to use the street movement as an opportunity to“provoke mass disorder,” he noted.

In response to these activities both at home and abroad, the state was forced to take measures to maintain order and stability.

The Russian government adopted amendments to the legal code and “halted activities of a number of NGOs, some of which were directly financed by the US Department of State,” Patrushev said.

In September, for example, Russian officials informed USAID that their services were no longer required.

According to the Foreign Ministry, USAID was attempting to manipulate the political winds inside the country.

“The character of the agency's work…did not always comply with the declared aims of cooperation in bilateral humanitarian cooperation,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website. “We are talking about issuing grants in an attempt to affect the course of the political processes in the country, including elections at different levels and institutions in civil society."

Steps undertaken by the Russian government to offset the damage “proved to be efficient” and the law enforcement officials managed – in a legal manner – to provide for the safety of the population, he added.

Patrushev indicated the leaders of the protests and their foreign supporters will continue in their efforts to wreak havoc on the Russian people.

“The situation is absolutely clear,” he said. “The ‘directors’ and sponsors of the anti-government rallies are known and they are not going to drop their plans.”

Despite their efforts, there are no preconditions for a color revolution in Russia, Patrushev assured. National security“will remain stable” in 2013.