Al-Qaeda: Our freedom-loving allies in Syria

It didn't take long for the Trump Administration to decide that false-flag operations were only conspiracy theories when it was convenient.

A new White House statement on the incident, scheduled for today, will say a so-called chlorine attack on Nov. 24 was essentially a false-flag operation.

The statement, which reflects the view of U.S. intelligence agencies and was shared with me before its release, says it was not a chlorine gas attack at all, but rather tear gas. What’s more, the U.S. now has “credible information that pro-regime forces” probably used it against Syrian civilians in northwestern Aleppo. It says they are “blaming the attack on opposition and extremist groups to undermine confidence in the ceasefire in Idlib.”

Yeh, what's the point of waiting for the official investigation, amirite?
I especially like how this article ends.

In Syria’s civil war, there is only one side gassing civilians: the government. The White House’s new report makes that abundantly clear. The regime and the rebels are not equally guilty, and anyone who says so is only emboldening the side actually using chemical weapons.

LOL! There are literally dozens of documented cases of the rebels using chemical weapons.
So pointing out the obvious makes one an Assad puppet now.

Remember when "they hated us for our freedom"?
Well, those days are past. The New Yorker's recent article, titled Syria’s Last Bastion of Freedom, put the idea to rest.
The article was about a town in Idlib. The province of Idlib is dominated by al-Qaeda.
Recently, al-Nusra Front/HTS spokesman Abu Khaled elaborated in an interview.

In the video, Khaled states that “all factions” within the Idlib province have now formed a “joint operations room” to plan military operations, increase military readiness, and strike any person who seeks to contact “the [Syrian] regime or its Russian cronies” with an “iron fist.” Khaled added that this cooperation includes “all factions [in Idlib] without exemption” and that this was the “first time” that all Idlib rebels had united under one banner.

U.S. special envoy Brett McGurk called Idlib “the largest Al Qaeda safe haven since 9/11.”
So we have a huge al-Qaeda safe haven launching chemical attacks on civilians. What do you think the Trump Administration's response would be to Assad destroying that terrorist safe haven?

The Trump administration now seems poised to launch an attack on the Syrian government in response to any type of military operation targeting Syria’s Idlib province, according to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. Speaking on Fox News on Wednesday, Haley stated that any Syrian attack on Idlib, regardless of whether or not chemical weapons are allegedly used, would be “dealt with” and provoke a U.S. response, before ominously warning the Syrian government, “Don’t test us again.”

The United States is now al-Qaeda's air force.
And that's just the start. We are now floating the idea of a no-fly zone for Idlib.

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CIA's largest project

Critics in Congress had complained for years about the costs — more than $1 billion over the life of the program — and reports that some of the C.I.A.-supplied weapons had ended up in the hands of a rebel group tied to Al Qaeda further sapped political support for the program.

democracy for terrorists

For most of the Syrian war, the United States and Western partners have supported opposition local councils in their efforts to provide a viable alternative to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
...Why then did the United States continue to support opposition local council programs for most of the Syrian war — to the tune of more than $875 million in total — despite their increasingly marginal impact on strategic outcomes?

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Charities operating in Syria and Turkey may be breaching anti-terrorism law by unintentionally financing extremist groups operating along the border between Syria and Turkey, an independent British NGO regulator warned on Monday.
The Charity Commission issued an alert to warn charities responding to the humanitarian crisis in Syria that their aid may involuntarily end up swelling the coffers of extremist groups and to remind them of their duties under counter-terrorism legislation and charity law.

The alert came following reports that the Bab Al-Hawa crossing is under the control of Hay’at Tahir Al-Sham (HTS), a group born as an al-Qaeda affiliate in 2011 and proscribed under the Terrorist Act 2000 since May 2017.

Charities and their partners use the Bab Al-Hawa crossing to deliver aid into the Idlib province in Syria, the last rebel stronghold in the country’s northwest.

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ISIS and Iraq: The T-Shirts, the Cats, the App, the Hasbara

U.S. involvement in Syria today under Trump seems every bit as dodgy, murky, and cloaked in dishonest Western media and government accounts as the Iraq-ISIS saga was 4½ years ago under Obama.

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U.S. war criminals like George H. W. Bush die peacefully of old age in their beds while carnage from their never-ending wars continues.

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is a tangled web we've weaved for the purpose of arming Nusra and ISIS and for the purpose of taking over the more progressive, more progressive than the Saudis, oil resourced nations.

https://www.voanews.com/a/eid-cease-fire-in-syria-brings-widespread-calm...

Eid Cease-fire in Syria Brings Widespread Calm but Some Fighting Continues
September 13, 2016
Steve Herman

… Seven days of relative calm under the agreement would lead to U.S.-Russian coordinated air strikes against Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front (which now calls itself Jabhat Fateh al-Sham), considered to be a branch of al-Qaida.

The agreement "makes no provision whatsoever for the U.S. and Russia to approve strikes by the Syrian regime, and this is not something we could ever envision doing," said State Department spokesman John Kirby. "A primary purpose of this agreement, from our perspective, is to prevent the Syrian regime air force from flying or striking in any areas in which the opposition or Nusra are present."

… Charles Lister, an analyst at the Middle East Institute… adds that mainstream opposition forces “are extensively marbled or coupled” with Nusra forces on some of the front lines, from Deraa in the south to Damascus and throughout the northwest of the country.

The years of convict have left hundreds of thousands of people dead in Syria and created about 12 million refugees, one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

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Speaking last July at a conference organized by the Middle East Institute, Brett McGurk – the U.S. government’s Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (Daesh, ISIS) – called Syria’s Idlib province “the largest Al Qaeda safe haven since 9/11 tied directly to Ayman al-Zawahiri [current leader of Al Qaeda].” He then immediately added that the Al Qaeda presence in Idlib was a “huge problem” and had been so “for some time.”

McGurk later stated that the efforts by foreign governments, including the U.S., “to send in tens of thousands of tons of weapons and looking the other way as foreign fighters come into Syria may not have been the best approach. Al Qaeda has taken full advantage of it and Idlib now is a huge problem.”

While it may seem striking that the Trump administration would spring to the defense of a known “Al Qaeda safe haven,” government officials have stated in recent months that the U.S.’ objectives in Syria are no longer about fighting terrorism but about countering the “Iranian menace,” as National Security Adviser John Bolton stated in July. Thus, it seems that defending Al Qaeda has become par for the course given the Trump administration’s ultimate goal of targeting Iran, a country that has spent much of the past seven years fighting terrorists like ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria.

Well okay then. If we aren't fighting terrorism any longer then let's just let them continue recruiting more members into their little Al Qaida club just in case we need to use them to overthrow another government. Like maybe Iran. Sure. This is a great idea.

I'm still waiting for someone in the military to be interviewed and asked how they feel about working and protecting people who are considered our enemy. Waiting .... Those career military men who think that they are defending our freedoms and democracy, how the hell do they square doing this? I'd love to see every one of them put down their weapons and go home.

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of our military who has spoken out was recommended to receive no incarceration because of his cooperation with Russiagate Czar Mueller:

https://geopolitics.co/2015/12/22/dempseys-pentagon-aided-assad-with-mil...
London Review of Books Vol. 38 No. 1 · 7 January 2016
Military to Military: US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war
Seymour M. Hersh

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership about the dire consequences of toppling Assad. The jihadists, he said, were in control of the opposition. Turkey wasn’t doing enough to stop the smuggling of foreign fighters and weapons across the border. ‘If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic,’ Flynn told me. ‘We understood Isis’s long-term strategy and its campaign plans, and we also discussed the fact that Turkey was looking the other way when it came to the growth of the Islamic State inside Syria.’ The DIA’s reporting, he said, ‘got enormous pushback’ from the Obama administration. ‘I felt that they did not want to hear the truth.’

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