Turkey Allows al-Qaeda to Move Over Border into Syria
SyriaâsÂ Foreign MinistryÂ has written a letter to the U.N. Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon accusing neighboring Turkey of allowing thousands of al-Qaeda and âTakfiri and Wahhabi terroristsâ to cross the border to âkill innocent Syrians, blow up their properties and spread chaos and destruction.â
The letter confirmsÂ earlier reportsÂ of al-Qaeda jihadists moving into Syria.
In February, the U.S. Director of National IntelligenceÂ James R. ClapperÂ said al-Qaeda has âinfiltratedâ Syrian opposition group and is likely responsible for a number of terrorist attacks. Two bombings in Damascus in December and attacks on security and intelligence buildings in Aleppo âhad all the earmarks of an al-Qaeda-like attack,â Clapper said, according to the Washington Post.
In July,Â German intelligence confirmedÂ Clapperâs remarks about al-Qaeda. It estimated that âaround 90âł terror attacks that âcan be attributed to organizations that are close to al-Qaeda or jihadist groupsâ were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July.
More importantly, the West is overtly funding and arming al-Qaedaâs attacks inside Syria. âFrance has announced that it will be funding and arming terrorists operating along Syriaâs borders, offering them heavy weapons, just as they did in Libya last year,âÂ Tony CartalucciÂ wrote earlier this month.
âIn fact, the US-British and UN-listed terrorists assisted into power in Libya,Â are now leading death squads currently ravaging SyriaÂ â disingenuously portrayed as âindigenousâ âfreedom fightersâ by the Western press.â
As theÂ GuardianÂ noted in July, the Free Syria Army (FSA), supported by the West, is indistinguishable from al-Qaeda.
The FSA is directly supported by the CIA, according to theÂ New York Times. CIA âofficers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers,â the newspaper reported in June.
Also in July, theÂ U.S. TreasuryÂ admitted that al-Qaeda in Syria â often operating as the âAl Nusra Front for the People of the Levantâ â are securing âroutes through Turkey and Iraq for foreign fighters, most of whom are from the Middle East and North Africa. A growing number of donors from the Persian Gulf and Levant appear to be sending financial support.â
The United Nations has determined that otherÂ FSA affiliates are linked to al-Qaeda, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group that has actively armed, funded, and commanded entire FSA brigades.
âThis means that the United States, the UK, NATO, and the Gulf State despots of Saudi Arabia and Qatar are knowingly and willfully funding, arming, and politically backing designated affiliates of Al Qaeda contrary not only to US and British anti-terror legislation,Â but contrary to numerous UN resolutions as well. Western and Gulf State support of the FSA constitutes state sponsorship of terrorism,âÂ Cartalucci wroteÂ in August.
September 17, 2012