Expert: Islamic State Threat Is An Excuse for Attacking Syria

Expert: Islamic State Threat  Is An Excuse for Attacking Syria

20:00 24/09/2014
 

Another US President has plunged his country deeper into another Middle East military adventure “to take the fight to this terrorist group, for the security of the country and the region and for the entire world”. Worn-out rhetoric aside, what could be the underlying causes for the decision?   Radio VR discusses it with Syrian analyst Taleb Ibrahim and US analyst Paul Craig Roberts.

As the US President Barak Obama is defending his case at the UN General Assembly, there’s a growing understanding that another US President, despite his earlier promises, has plunged his country deeper into the fighting which has spread over the Middle East – with no clear-stated goals, or legal basis.

Meanwhile, reports of civilian casualties have started to stream in. According to Al Jazeera Wednesday reporting, 11 civilians, including four children, have already been killed in ‘high precision’ airstrikes; the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the attacks, carried out by Washington and its Arab allies, killed 31 civilians.

In his interview to the RIA Novosti David Swanson, an American journalist described the US airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria as illegal, immoral and counterproductive.

Counterproductive or not, that depends on what goals the US actually pursues. Says Taleb Ibrahim, Syrian political analyst based in Damascus:

“The situation here in Syria differs from place to place. Damascus – the capital – is absolutely safe and the people here are watching what is going on around them. Nearby Damascus the Syrian army is making a very great progress. And I have reliable information that it is a matter of short time, not a very long time, that all the areas around Damascus would be seized by the Syrian army.

So, we are optimistic about the capital. But if we look to the west of the capital of Damascus, Israel is intervening heavily and it is helping the militants. Yesterday they shoot down a Syrian bomber which was bombing the al-Nusra Front. And that gives us very clear evidence that Israel is cooperating with the terrorists on the Syrian territory. So, this event is very-very dangerous.

Another issue, in the middle of Syria everything is okay. Homs is under control, especially the very small provinces, Hama in the middle of Syria. The Syrian army was able to seize very large areas which were under the control of al-Nusra Front. We have some problems in Aleppo and in Idlib, but I’m confident that the Syrian army would be able to establish a complete control. The Syrian coast is under control 100%.

The real problem that we have here in Syria is the American intervention. The American intervention is not for doing good things or helping the Syrian state. We deeply believe that the US is using terrorism as a tool for implementing its foreign policy. So, they created the ISIS. Why are they now fighting the ISIS?

If you go back in history, to the 1950’es, they made a coalition which was named CENTO, to seize the Soviet Union. And at that time their excuse was – we must stop communism and communist expansion. Now, it is the same, but instead of communism and communist expansion they are talking about terrorism.

They want to seize this area to make a new alliance in the ME and their target is to seize Russia, and to put their hands on the treasures here, and to establish a real control over the area. We don’t trust the Americans absolutely. They are deceiving the people. They are lying and lying, and lying.

I think the airstrikes which took place inside Syria,  couldn’t achieve a very important goal. They could kill less than 100 militants. And as I know from my information on the ground, the Syrian army was killing 100 or 200, or, in some instances, 300 militants by the airstrikes every day. So, why the Americans came at this moment?

I think they have their own agenda and they have the information that the Syrian army is now in an offensive position, it is not in a defensive position and it might be able to seize control of the entire country in a short time period of a few months.

So, now they are intervening and they will remove the ISIL, and instead of it they will put another militant group, which is the Syrian Revolutionaries Front led by Jamal Maroof. It is fundamentalist, it is a branch of Al Qaeda, but the Americans want the Syrian wound to be open forever.

I think the real target of the US is to divide Syria. This is a war against Syria as a state, as a country, as a geographical location, as a society. And I’m deeply convinced that they felt a great regret, when they were withdrawing from Iraq without making any real achievement. So, now they are trying to come into the region again through the gate of terrorism, into Syria and Iraq.

They have their own plan to occupy Syria or some parts of Syria. If you look at the eastern provinces in Syria, especially to the east of Euphrates, it is an operational field for the US and its air force. So, it is very difficult for the Syrian Government to send their bomber aircraft etc to that region without the permission of the US. That means a real occupation of the skies. And on the ground they will, as I told you, send a proxy force, which will fight instead of the Americans.

So, this is a devilish plan to divide Syria and to occupy some parts of it. We mustn’t deceive ourselves, we must fight it and we mustn’t surrender to Americans, because we could defeat the Americans in Iraq and we will defeat them now in Syria. But we need a real help form our allies, especially Russia.

The regional governments, which might be or might not be the allies of the US, are also put at risk by this operation, because the ISIS is not going to surrender easily, the fight could spill over to other countries. So, do you think that the neighboring states could realize the threat and come to support Syria?

Taleb Ibrahim: No, if you talk about regional countries, from the Syrian perspective, the Syrian Government has one ally only – Iran and Hezbollah. And on the international scope we have only Russia and China. But the US has many allies, and what is surprising is who brought Bahrain into this coalition? Bahrain is curbing its people. In Bahrain there is a real revolution, where people are protesting in a peaceful way and not using violence.

Another issue is Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait. They are the most important financial resource for ISIL and for Al Qaeda, and all those groups. Who brought them into this coalition?

That indeed means a real plan of the US to wage a new war in the ME, but now they could bring in some allies. Those allies will pay money and will participate in this war against Syria, to make a cover for the US to act inside the Syrian territories.

I think we are now facing a very dark age and we must fight to the end, because the US, Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, Al Qaeda – all of them are in the same coalition. The real coalition is: Al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and the US. They are on the same front, we mustn’t deceive ourselves.
The US is used to lying. All the history of the US is the history of lies and deception.  They say to you – we are proud that you could deceive the Russians on the ABM treaty. They will say to everybody – we are very proud we could deceive the original people of America.

So, we can’t trust the US and all they are saying is only a propaganda, this is only a cover to occupy the area and to seize it, and to put their hands on the treasures, especially oil and gas”.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant US Secretary of the Treasury under President Reagan, currently Chairman of The Institute for Political Economy:

“The military security complex in the US absorbs a trillion dollars annually in their budgets. And this is during a period in which the Americans themselves are doing poorly in terms of their economic situation.

There are still people losing their homes. The number of people dependent on public support system, such as food stamps, is the highest in history. There are no good jobs created. When you are spending a trillion dollars on military security activities and people are not doing well, the problem is that you have to have a reason for those activities. And so, a war is always a reason.

And so, the so-called threat from the ISIS or the ISIL is exaggerated, just as the threat of Saddam Hussein was exaggerated, just as the threat of Gaddafi, just as the threat of Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, just as the claim of Assad’s use of chemical weapons and reigning nukes. All these are to keep the money flowing into the military security complex.

Large amounts of this money are recycled in donations for political campaigns to Republicans, to Democrats, to the House, to the Senate, to presidential candidates. And so, that recycling of the military security money, or at least part of them, is important to the political parties. So, that is one of the reasons.

Another reason is that the ISIS is seen as a threat to the American puppet states in the ME. They are seen as a threat to the oil Emirates, to Bahrain, to Saudi Arabia itself. And so, Washington wants to contain that threat.

It is also an excuse for attacking Syria and Washington has not yet given up its idea of overthrowing Assad. It’s now found a new way to do it. It can attack Syria under the pretext of fighting the ISIS. But, of course, the ISIS was created by Washington and sent to Syria to overthrow Assad. The same forces were used by Washington in Libya against Gaddafi.

So, in a sense, this ISIS threat was a creation of Washington. Where Washington stands exactly in its relation with the ISIS at the present time? I don’t know. I don’t know whether it realizes that it’s created something it can’t control, or whether it sees the confusion and chaos, and fighting as beneficial for Washington’s purposes. I don’t know the answer to that”.

 

The Lies and Deceit of President Barack Obama: Open Letter to Obama

 

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Open Letter to Obama. Stop Preaching Peace to the World

by Feroze Mithiborwala

After having heard your words at the UN a few hours ago, I felt compelled to write this letter, compelled, to expose your lies & deceit. You, Mr. President, are a war-monger & an abettor of terror. You essentially lend a liberal face to the Trans-National Military Industrial Complex. 

During your ahistorical & ignorant speech today, you misled the world on every count, whilst trying to preach & lecture the world on the virtues of global cooperation to fight the scourge of religious extremism, terror & wars. Mr. President, the world is aware of the fact that it has been US policy to promote & foster Islamic extremism by both covert & overt means ever since 1979. You would have been aware of the policy that was essentially envisioned by your senior adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.

On being asked, “about any regrets having supported Islamic fundamentalism, which has given arms and advice to future terrorists?”

Brzezinski replied – 

“What is more important in world history? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some agitated Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?” (Le Nouvel Observateur, 1998)

You would have surely known of the fact that it was the US-CIA that created Al Qaeda, as attested to by Hillary Clinton.

“The people we are fighting today, we funded twenty years ago”.

She also vividly describes US cooperation with the Saudi Wahhabis in this entire nefarious design, where the Mujahedeen were mobilized from across the world, funded, trained & armed with the latest weapons that the US armoury had to offer.

You surely would have watched the Hollywood blockbuster “Charlie Wilson’s War” starring Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts, also nominated for the Oscars. This is a true story of a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson’s covert dealings in Afghanistan, and his efforts to assist the Mujahedeen in their war against the Soviets

These are known facts that the entire world is aware of, but yet you chose to deceive, even as you have yet again created another Frankenstein called the ISIS, which is basically an updated version of the Al Qaeda.

To hide your own war crimes, you chose to attack Russia, even as NATO continues to march to her borders in violation of the guarantees of security that were provided to Moscow. Even as Russia seeks a political solution to Ukraine, the US-EU-NATO forces continue to wage war upon Russia by imposing economic sanctions. As you said “We will impose a cost on Russia”.

You Mr. President accused Russia of aggression, arming the rebels in Ukraine, even though Russia has done its utmost to find a political solution and now, there is a ceasefire on the ground. Far more progress towards a political solution has been made in Ukraine, than in any other recent theatre of war.

On the other hand, the US & its “democratic moderate allies”, namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Bahrain – all of which are oppressive medieval kingdoms, have created a vast global network of Islamist fanatics & zealots. Worse, they have been made to imbibe the most violent, extremist & intolerant versions of Islam, essentially of the Wahhabi-Salafist schools. They force religious minorities to either convert to Islam, die or then vacate their lands, enslave their women, behead & crucify their opponents, destroy all holy & sacred religious spaces, that do not subscribe to their extreme narrow & hateful intolerant worldview. These are your allies.

We are also witness to the key roles played by the NATO allies namely Turkey, UK, France & Australia in this entire diabolical design.

The world is aware of the fact that from the ISIS, Jabhat al Nusra (Al Qaeda of Syria), to the so-called “moderate” FSA (Free Syrian Army) – all of these terrorist organizations have being mobilized, provided safe-havens for training, from Western sources. On these facts the majority of the world is aware, the reason being that you have being using the same strategy for far too long.

Thus when you called for global unity to “combat sectarianism & the intolerance that feeds into the violence” – Mr. President, your government & allies essentially fund & arm the ensuing violence!

You called for the rejection of “the cancer of violent extremism” – even as you continue to call for the arming of “moderate rebels” in Syria, when the world knows that they just do not exist.

You called for “Hope over Fear” – even as your entire political narrative is constructed on fear, so as to coerce people into accepting a cycle of perpetual wars & justify your illegal aggression.

You spoke against “fatalism” – but your devious designs have proved very “fatal” for the people of the Middle-East & for many nations across the world. You called for the “upholding of international norms” – even as you have bypassed the US Congress, as well as the UNSC, even as your airforce targets your illegitimate terror offspring’s across Iraq & Syria.

In the case of Syria your legal standing is far worse, as you even lack the fig-leaf of an official invitation from the democratically elected government of Syria. It was Sec. of State John Kerry who nonchalantly said – “We will not let geography or borders prevent our campaign against ISIS”. So much for international law! 

On Iran, despite all your rhetoric, you refuse to negotiate with honesty & integrity, whereby Iran (signatory to the IAEA & NPT) is granted its due national right to a peaceful nuclear energy programme.

You also made a veiled reference to the Pacific Ocean in your bid to counter China, this, added to your utter belligerence on Russia, you have essentially drawn the battle-lines for the two major alliance blocs around which the world in the coming generations will be constructed.

I watched transfixed, furiously taking notes as you began to preach & lecture the Muslim world.

I heard you preach against “the cancer of violent extremism that has ravaged so many parts of the Muslim world”. 

That terror has “perverted one of the great religions of the world, dividing people as either believers or infidels”.

That the terrorists, “must not be provided safe-havens”.

Mr. Obama, the world is aware about the very covert origins of the Al Qaeda, as well as the ISIS. We are aware of the safe-havens provided in the very countries that constitute the “Coalition of the Killing”,that constitute the “Empire of Chaos”. You need to refrain from making such unintelligent Bush-like Rumsfeldian remarks.

The fact you mentioned that “the US is not at war with Islam” & that you “rejected the theory of the clash of civilizations”, was maybe your saving grace, but certainly cannot atone for your manifold sins. You then focused on four essential points, namely:

(1) That your agenda is to “degrade & destroy ISIS” (which you must stop calling ISIL) & create a broad coalition to destroy its “Network of Death”.

The US, Mr. Obama, has been “degrading & destroying” the Al Qaeda for the last 13 years – and the result?

More Al Qaeda’s, ISIS, Jabhat al Nusra, Boko Haram, more terror, more wars, more hate, fear & divisions. Clearly the US policy is either a gargantuan failure in terms of destroying the Al Qaeda – or – deviously successful in creating terror & a state of perpetual state of chaos & wars. I believe the latter to be true and for very good reasons.

I think the “business & network of death” was basically operating out of the Pentagon . . . . The “network of death” are essentially the 1000 US military bases strewn across more than 130 nations which must be disbanded, as they are centres of destablisation & terror.

You once again reiterated that “We will support groups in Iraq & Syria”.

Iraq poses a little less of a dilemma, where you are cooperating with a sectarian government, which is trying to build an inclusive polity.

This, even as you refuse to work with a secular democratically elected government in Damascus to find a political solution, based on constitutional reform & an inclusive power structure.

Thus you are supporting those very extremist fanatics to overthrow the Syrian government, against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the Syrian people. The solution lies in organizing a “free & fair election” with the presence of International monitors & the entire process overseen by the UN & Human-rights organizations.

But then way back in 2011 in your imperial pompous ways, you had opted for the policy of regime change when you infamously said – “Assad must go”!

(2) You rightly called “for the world & Muslim communities to reject the ideology of Qaeda & the ISIS”. To “stop funding hate”.

The answers to that dilemma yet again lie in Riyadh Mr. Obama, with your ‘moderate’ Saudi allies who are funding a petro-dollar version of the most regressive & obscurantist Islam the world over.

You also rightly pointed out that “all people’s & religions have been attacked by extremists”.

Here it should also be recognized that extremist Jewish & Christian Zionist fanatics too represent a clear & present danger to the world. This fact is rarely discussed or debated. But I would venture to think that with Sen. John Mccain & Lindsay Graham hovering around the White House, you would be aware of the eschatological visions & the End Times theology that they profess, which is not very different from that of the ISIS, Al Qaeda or the newly discovered Khorasan.

(3) You also rightly called “for an end to the cycle of sectarian conflict within Muslim communities”. 

This Mr. Obama, even as you & your allies systematically promote & foster sectarian strife across the entire region, with a professed agenda to balkanize & partition the entire region along religious, ethnic & sectarian lines. This was referred to as the “New Middle-East” by Condoleeza Rice.

Syria, yet a beacon of a secular liberal multi-religious, multi-cultural plural society, where minorities enjoy a degree of equal rights unknown across the rest of the region, is being destroyed by the worst fanatical Islamists from within your alliance.

Iraq too has been destroyed, just as you did Libya, even as you continue to drone across Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan & Pakistan – killing civilians & leaving a trail of death & destruction. The US has spent $1Trillion in the restructuring of Iraqi society, train & weaponise its army, basically export democracy – clearly a failed & disastrous project.

Your wars against terror, perpetuate only more wars, more terror, more hatred – and give birth to illegitimate al Qaeda’s where none earlier existed. They clearly did not in Iraq & Syria, till the US came along.

(4) You again rightly called for a “focus on the extraordinary potential of the people of the region, especially the youth by investing in education & innovation”.

On our part Mr. Obama, we request you to stop focusing on the region, to stop your policies of destabilisation, of financing terror & wars – and the nations & people’s of the region will achieve their enormous potential that you speak of.

We, Mr. Obama, are aware that the wars across the region are for Oil & Israel – and not necessarily in that order.

We are aware of the Neoconservative plans to destroy seven nations in five years, namely Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Lebanon & Iran.

We are aware of the battle for the control of the pipelines, as well as for the great oil & gas finds in the East Mediterranean, of which Syria is one of the major benefactors.

We are aware of the Zionist plans to partition the region, so as to vanquish the resistance & finally end the struggle for Palestine.

As we headed towards the end of your speech, I thought that you would refrain from even mentioning the occupation of Palestine by Israel, your most important ally. But you eventually did, without mentioning the word “occupation” which you have in the past, but clearly you have climbed down from even that position, even if it was all meaningless rhetoric.

You have clearly gone against the grain of international opinion as you barely mentioned the Israeli war on Gaza, leave alone condemning the genocidal war & the ongoing siege, the Settlements & confiscation of land, the daily arrests & torture, the Apartheid Wall – the most brutal occupation of our times. That too has exposed you the world over, yet again.

You may have misled & not even have uttered a word on all these core issues Mr. Obama – but the nations & people are aware & will continue to wage our struggle, continue to resist till our nations & people’s are free, till the world is free.

No data on ISIS plots against US – Obama

US President Barack Obama (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

US President Barack Obama (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

 

RT news

US intelligence failed to find any specific Islamic State plots against America, President Barack Obama said in an opinion piece. Despite the lack of direct threats, Obama promised not to leave the group unchecked, vowing to ultimately destroy it.

New intelligence has emerged warning Washington that its upcoming confrontation with the Islamic State may leave it blind to a more sinister and direct threat from a much lesser known terrorist group that has arisen from the ashes of the Syrian war.

Very little information is being released at the moment by anyone within American intelligence circles, but the group calling itself Khorasan is said by officials to have concrete plans for striking targets in the United States and Europe as a chosen modus operandi – more so than the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS.

The first ever mention of the group occurred on Thursday at an intelligence gathering in Washington DC, when National Intelligence Director James Clapper admitted that “in terms of threat to the homeland, Khorasan may pose as much of a danger as the Islamic State.”

According to the New York Times, some US officials have gone as far as saying that, while the Islamic State is undoubtedly more prominent in its show of force in the Middle East, it is Khorasan who’s intent on oversees campaigns in a way Al Qaeda usually is.

In this sense, the US air strike campaign and the coming actions by the anti-IS coalition might just be what coaxes the IS into larger-scale attacks on American and European soil – what Khorasan is essentially all about.

This brings up another issue seen in the current Western stance on terrorism: it is so focused on the terror spread by the IS that it’s beginning to forget that the destruction and mayhem of civil war across the Middle East is spawning a number of hard-to-track terrorist factions with distinct missions.

“What you have is a growing body of extremists from around the world who are coming in and taking advantage of the ungoverned areas and creating informal ad hoc groups that are not directly aligned with ISIS or Nusra,” a senior law enforcement official told the NY Times on condition of anonymity.

The CIA and the White House declined to give comment.

Al-Qaeda fighter (AFP Photo)

Al-Qaeda fighter (AFP Photo)

“Our intelligence community has not yet detected specific ISIL plots against America. But its leaders have repeatedly threatened America and our allies, and if left unchecked, they could pose a growing threat to the United States,” Obama wrote in the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday.

The US president’s comments follow the emergence of new intelligence warning that Washington’s upcoming confrontation with the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) may leave it blind to a more sinister and direct threat from a much lesser known terrorist group – Khorasan.

Obama reminded the public of his recent fierce efforts to battle the Islamic State, with the final goal of destroying the group.

“That is why, last month, I gave the order for our military to begin taking targeted action against ISIL. Since then, our brave pilots and crews have conducted more than 170 airstrikes against these terrorists,” he said.

“Going forward, as I announced earlier this month, we will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy. Whether in Iraq or in Syria, these terrorists will learn what the leaders of al-Qaida already know: We mean what we say, our reach is long, and if you threaten America you will find no safe haven,” Obama stressed.

He further underscored that US forces will only support Iraqi soldiers, who will be fighting their own fight.

Obama also focused on overall international involvement in the fight against the Islamic State. “This is not and will not be America’s fight alone. That’s why we continue to build a broad international coalition. France and the UK are flying with us over Iraq, others have committed to join this effort, and France has joined us in conducting strikes against ISIL in Iraq. Overall, more than 40 countries – including Arab nations – have offered assistance as part of this coalition.”

Meanwhile, Islamic State fighters have made their way to Jordan, as it was revealed that 11 Islamic State jihadists were arrested in the country, and have confessed to planning terrorists attacks, AFP cited a security official as saying on Sunday.

The detained individuals “admitted their links to the leadership of the Daesh organization in Syria and that they were charged with carrying out terrorist operations in Jordan targeting a number of vital interests,” the official said, using IS’s Arabic acronym.

News of the arrests comes after US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Jordan on September 10 to discuss the creation of US-Arab coalition against the Islamic State with King Abdullah.

During the meeting, Kerry and Abdullah discussed the option of establishing the coalition’s base in Jordan.

Fight with ISIS spreads across globe: How are roles distributed in that battle?

AFP Photo/Ahmad Al-Rubaye

AFP Photo/Ahmad Al-Rubaye

“This can’t be America’s fight alone,” US President Barack Obama stressed in his ISIS speech. Indeed, about 40 countries have joined the battle with the radical group that’s left scores dead in Iraq. But who does what on that battlefield?

The main role is still with the US, which has already carried out over 150 airstrikes against the Islamic State (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS/ISIL).

At the same time, the US is keeping relatively quiet about which countries are taking part in the fight and what they do exactly. Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS that nearly 40 nations have agreed to contribute to the fight, but “it’s not appropriate to start announcing” what roles each will play.

However, an international conference on the IS situation is taking place in Paris on Monday, with world leaders set to debate the anti-ISIS coalition. The meeting includes representatives of some 30 countries, but excludes Iraq’s neighbors Syria and Iran. And the roles of the countries and their contributions are already starting to show.

Britain became the first country to officially join the military operation. UK Prime Minister David Cameron called IS “the embodiment of evil” on Sunday, following the group’s beheading of its third Western hostage, this time British citizen David Haines. Earlier, IS killed two US journalists in the same manner.

According to government sources, the Al-Qaeda offshoot group is led by a former senior operative – 33-year-old Muhsin al-Fadhli, reportedly so close to Bin Laden’s inner circle he was one of the few who knew of the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks in advance.

He had reportedly fled to Iran during the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Al Qaeda’s story goes hazy after the campaign: many operatives are said to have traveled to Pakistan, Syria, Iran and other countries, forming splinter groups.

In 2012, al-Fadhli was identified by the State Department as leading the Iranian branch of Al-Qaeda, controlling “the movement of funds and operatives” in the region and working closely with wealthy “jihadist donors” in his native Kuwait to raise money for the Syrian terrorist resistance.

Although the first public mention of the group was only this Thursday, American intelligence is said to have been tracking it for over a decade. Former President George W. Bush once mentioned the name of its leader in 2005 in connection with a French oil tanker bombing in 2002 off the coast of Yemen.

Khorasan itself is shrouded in mystery. Little is known publicly apart from its being composed of former Al-Qaeda operatives from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. The group is said to favor concealed explosives as a terror method.

Like many other groups taking up the power vacuum in war-torn Syria, Khorasan has on occasion shifted its alliances.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri at one point ordered the former ISIS to fight only in Iraq, but cut all ties with it when it disobeyed and branched out. The result was that the Nusra Front became Al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria. It’s said that Khorasan is to Al Nusra Front what the latter was to Al-Qaeda.

When The Daily Signal spoke to James Phillips, a Middle East expert at The Heritage Foundation, he outlined some American intelligence views on the group: they see their mission in “[recruiting] European and American Muslim militants who have traveled to Syria to fight alongside Islamist extremist groups that form part of the rebel coalition fighting Syria’s Assad regime.”

“The Khorasan group hopes to train and deploy these recruits, who hold American and European passports, for attacks against Western targets,” he said.

He believes Khorasan to be Al-Qaeda’s new arm in attacking America, its “far enemy.” While they are Al Nusra’s allies in Syria, their role is believed to be to carry out terrorist attacks outside the country.

The group reportedly uses the services of a very prominent Al-Qaeda bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, whose devices previously ended up on three US-bound planes. He is known to be a true pioneer of hard-to-detect bombs.

Phillips believes that the next step is taking those bombs and pairing them with US-born and other foreign jihadists returning home.

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province (Reuters)

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province (Reuters)

In this respect, Phillips views the Khorasan threat to the US to be much more direct compared to the Islamic State’s more regional ambitions. And since President Obama’s upcoming anti-IS strategy reportedly does not include Al Nusra, this potentially frees Khorasan’s hands.

What sets Al Nusra apart from the many other groups is that it’s now the only faction with active branches throughout Syria.

Syria analyst with the Institute for the Study of War, Jennifer Cafarella, told the NY Times “there is definitely a threat that, if not conducted as a component of a properly tailored strategy within Syria, the American strikes would allow the Nusra Front to fill a vacuum in eastern Syria.”

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Because of al-Zawahiri’s current weakened position in terrorist cricles, both Al Nusra and Khorasan by extension are less prominent than the IS. But these things have a way of changing unpredictably, and because the plans of these more traditional terrorist groups in Syria aren’t yet clear, a danger arises.

The volatile conflict zone that is Syria, with its lax borders and an increasing number of distinct, armed Islamist groups, the US may be surprised by how difficult it soon may be to pinpoint the origin of the next threat.

 

Iran refuses to help ‘self-serving’ US fight ISIS

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer)

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer)

Iran has refused an offer from the United States to join a global alliance preparing to combat Islamic State militants, according to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Khamenei said Monday that the US offered to discuss a coordinated effort with Iran against Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL), a common foe in the region, in the midst of an escalating campaign of violence that continues to claim lives across Iraq in Syria.

“The American ambassador in Iraq asked our ambassador (in Iraq) for a session to discuss coordinating a fight against Daesh (Islamic State),” said Khamenei, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported, according to Reuters.

“Our ambassador in Iraq reflected this to us, which was welcomed by some (Iranian) officials, but I was opposed. I saw no point in cooperating with a country whose hands are dirty and intentions murky.”

According to the Washington Post, Khamenei took issue with what he referred to as Washington’s “evil intentions.”

Khamenei said his rejection came prior to Washington’s public exclusion of Iran in Monday’s conference of foreign ministers in Paris, where a coalition of international diplomats have congregated to discuss possible strategies against the jihadist group. Host nation France had wanted to invite Iran, the Post reported.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Iran’s presence in Paris would not occur based on the Islamic Republic’s support of its ally Syria in the nation’s civil war against Western-backed rebels. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki reiterated that Washington was opposed to any military partnership with Iran.

“Now they (the US) are lying, in saying that it is them who excluded us from their coalition, while it was Iran that refused to participate in this collation to begin with,” said Khamenei, who on Monday had just left a hospital following prostate surgery.

Khamenei pointed to previous US-led military incursions in the Middle East as reason to believe the US is only looking out for its own interests.

“American officials’ comments on forming an anti-Islamic State (alliance) are blank, hollow and self-serving, and contradictions in their behaviors and statements attest to this fact,” said Khamenei.

“The Americans should keep in mind that if they go ahead with such a thing, then the same problems that they faced in Iraq in the past 10 years will come back.”

He added that Washington wants in Iraq what it had in Pakistan, “a playground where they can enter freely and bomb at will.”

Despite the public denunciations from both sides, State Dept. spokeswoman Psaki did not rule out a potential partnership with Iran at a later date.

“We will be continuing those talks on the nuclear issue later this week in New York,” Psaki said, according to the Post. “There may be another opportunity on the margins in the future to discuss Iraq.”

The ongoing, US-dominated negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear program were the pretext last year for the first conversation between a US president and Iranian leadership in 30 years. US President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discussed “our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program,” Obama said following the phone conversation.

Meanwhile, in Paris, Arab, European, and other diplomats began talks about supporting the new Iraqi government and slowing momentum of Islamic State.

“Islamic State’s doctrine is either you support us or kill us,” Iraqi President Fouad Massoum told representatives of 30 countries attending the Paris conference. “It has committed massacres and genocidal crimes and ethnic purification.”

The conference comes after Sec. Kerry’s week-long tour of Arab allies and Turkey where he attempted to recruit diplomatic and military support for campaign against IS.

Persian Gulf states Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have reportedly volunteered to conduct airstrikes alongside US forces. The Saudis have also pressured the US to give Syrian rebels surface-to-air antiaircraft weapons, but the Obama administration has thus far refused.

Islamic State militants currently controls large swaths of Syria and neighboring Iraq. Formerly affiliated with Al-Qaeda, IS is one of many opposition groups fighting President Bashar Assad’s forces – and each other – in Syria.

So-called moderate rebels fighting in Syria have a problematic track record despite the US government’s ongoing reliance on their efforts. The United States has supported these rebels with both lethal and non-lethal aid, lending to fears that arms sent with the help of the Gulf states were channeled to the likes of IS.

A study released last week found that Islamic State fighters are using captured US weapons given to moderate rebels in Syria by Saudi Arabia, a longstanding enemy of Assad’s Syria and his ally Iran.

US allies in the Gulf region have fostered groups like IS in Syria’s civil war, as elite donors from the likes of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar have pumped money into destabilizing foes in the region.

President Obama has pledged to use airstrikes against IS strongholds in the region. He emphasized Wednesday that the US will not hesitate to take direct military action against terrorists in Syria and Iraq to “degrade ISIL’s leadership, logistically and operational capability, and deny it sanctuary and resources to plan, prepare and execute attacks.” Obama’s plan will be scrutinized on Capitol Hill in Washington this week.

On Monday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters during a daily briefing that the Obama administration is “gratified” by what he said was significant bipartisan support so far from Congress for the president’s plan against IS. However, Earnest added that the US would not be coordinating any military action with Iran.

“The thing that we have been really clear about is the US does not coordinate military action or share intelligence with Iran, and we don’t have any plans to do so,” Earnest said, while at the same time acknowledging that representatives from both countries may indeed have had conversations on the sidelines concerning the Islamic State militants.

 

 

Ukraine nationalist leader calls on ‘most wanted’ terrorist Umarov ‘to act against Russia’

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Dmytro Yarosh (L), a leader of the Right Sector movement, addresses during a rally in central Independence Square in Kiev February 21, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

ARCHIVE PHOTO: Dmytro Yarosh (L), a leader of the Right Sector movement, addresses during a rally in central Independence Square in Kiev February 21, 2014 (Reuters / David Mdzinarishvili)

A leader of the Ukrainian radical group Pravy Sektor (Right Sector), Dmitry Yarosh, has called on Russia’s most wanted terrorist Doku Umarov to act against Russia in an address posted on Right Sector’s page in VKontakte social network.

The statement points out that “many Ukrainians with arms in the hands” supported Chechen militants in their fight against Russians and “it is time to support Ukraine now.”

The message, signed “leader of Right Sector Dmitry Yarosh” then calls on Umarov “to activate his fight” and “take a unique chance to win” over Russia.

Yarosh leads the far-right militant Right Sector group and used to be a leader of radical nationalist group Trident, which became the core of the Right Sector.

Yarosh attended the February 21st political gathering at the renamed Independence Square shortly after the signing of the deal that returned the country to the 2004 constitution. He shared the stage with virtually all of Ukraine’s prominent opposition politicians, including former superstar boxer and leader of the Democratic Alliance for Reform, Vitaliy Klitschko. In the following video, surrounded by masked units from his far-right following, he declares victory and vows to continue fighting, as the crowd cheers in a military fashion.

 

Правий сектор не складе зброї – Ярош

 

 

The radical leader has been consistently anti-Russian in his statements, calling for the destruction and division of the “Moscow Empire” and openly supporting Chechen militants and Georgian aggression. Yarosh believes Russia is Ukraine’s “eternal foe” and has said that war between the two countries is “inevitable.”

Aside from his beliefs on Russia, the Right Sector leader believes Ukraine should be “careful” with its future EU membership, as the “bureaucratic monster of Brussels” is “doing everything to bring to naught the national identity” of EU member countries.

Yarosh’s outrageous plea to terrorist Doku Umarov exhibits the “guts of the so-called new Ukrainian authorities,”Chairman of the Presidium of the Russian Congress of Peoples of the Caucasus told Itar-Tass.

“Extremists, nationalists of all stripes, flooded the peaceful republic threatening it with chaos and violence,” Aliy Totorkulov said.

Even the fact of Yarosh’s address, whose “hands are stained with blood” shows that the Ukraine’s extreme right“Maidan sponsors” and the forces supporting the instability in Caucasus come from a “single-center” of extremism, Totorkulov stressed.

“We strongly support the deployment of Russian troops to resolve the situation in Crimea as well as provide assistance to other Ukrainian regions, where the population rejects nationalism and asks [Russia] for help and protection.”

During the recent riots in Ukraine, Yarosh rejected any negotiations with the Ukrainian government, calling on his supporters to defy the truces and agreements of the government and the opposition.

The Right Sector has been referred to as the most active, the most radical and the best organized group in the Ukrainian unrest. Well-equipped masked rioters from Right Sector often used clubs, petrol bombs and firearms against the Ukrainian police. Some notorious members of the radical movement have continued to use rifles and pistols to intimidate local authorities, which they believe should be “afraid” of the people.

Although the violent acts of the group have been well-documented by media and placed on YouTube, Western powers have largely ignored its actions and persisted with describing the protests in Ukraine as “peaceful.” After meeting with Ukrainian protesters, including Right Sector members, in late January, Western representatives went as far as saying that they were “convinced that these people posed no threat.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights Konstantin Dolgov said that Moscow awaits the West’s reaction to Yarosh’s appeal to Umarov.

“The Ukrainian neo-fascist Yarosh has appealed to terrorist Umarov,” Dolgov wrote on Twitter. “Does the West place their stake on such Ukrainian ‘democrats’? Will they react to this?”

Far-right group "Right Sector" train in Independence Square in Kiev January 31, 2014. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

Far-right group “Right Sector” train in Independence Square in Kiev January 31, 2014. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

Umarov, who commanded groups of militants in both Chechen wars and organized several large terror acts, is the most wanted terrorist in Russia. Umarov has claimed responsibility for several attacks on Russian civilians, including the 2010 Moscow Metro bombings and the 2011 Domodedovo International Airport bombing, which killed dozens of people and injured hundreds.

In March 2011, Umarov was put on the UN Security Council’s Al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee list of individuals. The US government has also announced a $5 million reward for information leading to the terrorist leader’s capture.

The self-proclaimed ‘Emir of the Caucasus Emirate’ routinely recorded video addresses, in which he incited terror attacks against Russian government forces and civilians. He last appeared alive in a video posted on the internet in summer 2013, calling to step up terrorist activities and thwart the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Umarov’s long absence led rumors of his death to spread, but so far this has not been officially confirmed.

Meanwhile the social media page of the Right Sector group, where the message has been posted, was taken down as it has violated company’s policies by posting prohibited content. The VKontakte page now states that the “community has been blocked at the request of Roskomnadzor as it has been added to the register of prohibited content.”

The Right Sector social media VKontakte page had over 375,000 followers and was used for coordinating the actions of the movement’s cells across Ukraine.

After the outrageous message caught the attention of world media, a Right Sector representative has claimed that the movement has nothing to do with the posting and that one of their administrator’s accounts was “hacked.”

Screenshot from Right Sector's Vkontakte page

 

 

 

 

Sleeping With the Devil: How U.S. and Saudi Backing of Al Qaeda Led to 9/11

“Justified Vengeance”, The Pretext for Bombing Gaza: Was the Netanyahu Government behind the Killings of the Three Israeli Teenagers?

 

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, July 13, 2014

Region: Middle East & North Africa
Theme: Crimes against Humanity
In-depth Report: PALESTINE

 

GazaMap1-400x494The pretext for bombing and shelling Gaza was the death of three Israeli teenagers allegedly killed by Hamas.

‘Operation Protective Edge (OPE) directed against Gaza is reminiscent of the infamous 2001 Dagan Plan entitled “Operation Justified Vengeance” in which the deaths of innocent Israeli civilians had been envisaged and foreseen by IDF military planners.

The deaths are then used to muster the support of the Israeli public as well as provide a justification for a “legitimate” counter-terrorism operation in the eyes of the international community directed against the Palestinian occupied territories.

Contrived behind closed doors in July 2001, the Dagan Plan (named after Mossad chief Meir Dagan) was slated by its IDF and Mossad architects to be “launched immediately following the next high-casualty suicide bombing, would last about a month and is expected to result in the death of hundreds of Israelis and thousands of Palestinians.” (See Ellis Shuman, “Operation Justified Vengeance”: a Secret Plan to Destroy the Palestinian Authority, Intelligence Ploy behind the “Suicide bombings”, Global Research, February 01, 2006)

‘Operation Protective Edge (OPE) directed against Gaza was planned well in advance of the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers. Prime Minister Netanyahu has called up 40,000 reservists. In the wake of the shelling and bombing raids, a major ground operation scenario is envisaged.

Moreover, similar to the logic of the Dagan Plan, the head of Israeli intelligence (Mossad) had “predicted” the kidnapping of the three teenagers. Under the title Mossad chief’s chillingly prescient kidnap prophecy, Haaretz confirms that

“Mossad chief Tamir Pardo had “outlined a scenario that was spookily [sic] similar to the kidnapping of three teens missing in the West Bank” (Haaretz, July 13, 2014, emphasis added)

Israeli civilian deaths are blamed on Hamas without evidence to justify military action against Gaza. The ultimate objective of “Operation Protective Edge” is to break the institutional base of the Hamas leadership and destroy Gaza’s civilian infrastructure, with a view to eventually carrying out the annexation of the Gaza Strip to Israel. As of July 13, Israel is reported to have struck 1,320 sites within Gaza, resulting in 167 deaths and more than 1,000 injured (Mannam News, July 13, 2014)

Were the three boys killed by Hamas?

Israeli press reports intimate that the three teenagers could have been executed by the Al Qaeda affiliated jihadist entity the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) which just so happens to be supported “covertly” as well “overtly” by the State of Israel.

Under the title Jihadist group takes credit for teens’ killings, the Times of Israel confirms that:

A new Palestinian jihadist group pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the killing of three Israeli teenagers last month in the West Bank, … as well as other recent deadly attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians…..

The actions were carried out in honor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed “caliph” of the Islamic State, the reincarnation of the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL)declared last month, the statement said.”(Times of Israel, July 3, 2014)

The ISIL (renamed the Islamic State) (see image) constitutes the main Al Qaeda rebel fighting force in Syria directed against the government of Bashar Al Assad. More recently, ISIL brigades have entered Iraq, confronting government forces.

isilpalestine1While ISIL is an Al Qaeda affiliated entity funded by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, retribution by Israel for the deaths of the teenagers was directed against Gaza rather than Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.

The supportive role of the US and Israel to the Al Qaeda affiliated entity is not limited to the realm of covert operations. The Israeli military (IDF) is supporting the jihadist entity out of the occupied Golan Heights. Moreover, amply documented, there are Western and well Israeli Special Forces within ISIL rebel ranks.

In March, an Austrian military officer of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the occupied Golan Heights “confirmed that Israel has provided large-scale logistical and military support to the [ISIL and Al Nusrah] terrorists and rebels in different parts of Syria”

The UNDOF official confirmed the existence of “a joint operation room” between Israel and the Al Qaeda rebels pertaining to “the delivery of [Israeli] assistance to the terrorists.”

This assistance is not limited to logistics:

“According to the Israeli Channel 1 television, ‘security sources’ informed of a new missile system named ‘Mitar’, established in Golan for giving backup coverage to anti-Syria militant groups.

The system includes middle-range and long-range missiles, according to the report.” (Al Alam May 3, 2014 emphasis added)

An IDF military hospital in the occupied Golan Heights was established to treat wounded Al Qaeda rebels.

In February, The Jerusalem Post reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visited the IDF field hospital in the occupied Golan heights, which was set up in support of the jihadist rebels operating in Syria. The hospital was set up to treat wounded Al Qaeda rebels.

The Jerusalem Post acknowledges that the hospital is being used to support the jihadist insurgency. Netanyahu referred to the Hospital as the place which “separates the good in the world from the evil in the world.”

“The good”, according to Netanyahu “is Israel”, which in a bitter irony wholeheartedly supports the Al Qaeda “freedom fighters” in Syria; “the bad” refers to Iran which supports Bashar Al Assad.

The good, the prime minister said, is Israel, which “saves lives from the daily slaughter taking place in Syria. This is the true face of Israel.”

The evil, he continued, is Iran, which is arming those carrying out the slaughter. (Jerusalem Post, February 19, 2014)

While the IDF field hospital was established to support Al Qaeda in an operation coordinated by IDF Special Forces, Netanyahu casually accuses Iran for “its support of terrorist groups around the world”. (JP, February 19, 2014)

Netanyau does not deny his government’s support of the jihadists. The IDF top brass tacitly acknowledged that “global jihad elements inside Syria” are supported by Israel:

Netanyahu toured the Golan Heights with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz.

At a lookout point overlooking the Syrian border, OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan briefed Netanyahu on the presence of global jihad elements inside Syria, as well as on the work being done to fortify the Israeli-Syrian border fence. (Ibid)

israeli-prime-minister-benjamin-netanyahu-next-to-a-wounded-mercenary-israeli-military-field-hospital-at-the-occupied-golan-heights-border-with-syria-18-february-2014Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Shakes Hand with an Al Qaeda Terrorist

Is the wounded terrorist an Israeli intelligence asset? In the image below:

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon next to a wounded mercenary, Israeli military field hospital at the occupied Golan Heights’ border with Syria, 18 February 2014″ (ibid, emphasis added)

Who killed the three Israeli teenagers?

Ironically, the same jihadist group which is reported to have kidnapped and killed the three teenagers is supported by Israel’s IDF out of the occupied Golan Heights.

A mere coincidence.

About the author:
Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal and Editor of the globalresearch.ca website. He is the author of The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003) and America’s “War on Terrorism”(2005). His most recent book is entitled Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War (2011). He is also a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His writings have been published in more than twenty languages. He can be reached at crgeditor@yahoo.com ——————————————————————————————————————Michel Chossudovsky est directeur du Centre de recherche sur la mondialisation et professeur émérite de sciences économiques à l’Université d’Ottawa. Il est l’auteur de “Guerre et mondialisation, La vérité derrière le 11 septembre”, “La Mondialisation de la pauvreté et nouvel ordre mondial” (best-seller international publié en plus de 10 langues). Contact : crgeditor@yahoo.com

Birds of a feather flock together – Iran and America Join Hands in Waging “The Global War on Terrorism”?

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