Confirmed: US “Operation Rooms” Backing Al Qaeda in Syria

Confirmed: US “Operation Rooms” Backing Al Qaeda in Syria

By Tony Cartalucci
Global Research, May 11, 2015
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US policy think-tank Brookings Institution confirms that contrary to propaganda, US-Saudi
“moderates” and Turkey-Qatar “Islamists” have been coordinating all along.

The war in Syria continues to drag on, with a recent and renewed vigor demonstrated behind
an opposition long portrayed as fractured and reflecting a myriad of competing foreign
interests. Chief among these competing interests, the public has been told, were the US
and Saudis on one side, backing so-called “moderate rebels,” and Turkey and Qatar on the
other openly backing Al Qaeda and its various franchises including the Islamic State

However, for those following the conflict closely, it was clear from the beginning and by
the West’s own admissions that success hinged on covertly providing arms, cash, equipment,
and both political and military support to Al Qaeda and other sectarian extremists, not
opposed by Saudi Arabia, but rather by using Saudi Arabia as the primary medium through
which Western material support could be laundered.

And this fact is now confirmed in a recent article published on the Brookings
Institution’s website titled, “Why Assad is losing.”

It states unequivocally that (emphasis added):

The involvement of FSA groups, in fact, reveals how the factions’ backers have changed
their tune regarding coordination with Islamists. Several commanders involved in leading
recent Idlib operations confirmed to this author that the U.S.-led operations room in
southern Turkey, which coordinates the provision of lethal and non-lethal support to
vetted opposition groups, was instrumental in facilitating their involvement in the
operation from early April onwards. That operations room — along with another in Jordan,
which covers Syria’s south — also appears to have dramatically increased its level of
assistance and provision of intelligence to vetted groups in recent weeks.

Whereas these multinational operations rooms have previously demanded that recipients of
military assistance cease direct coordination with groups like Jabhat al-Nusra, recent
dynamics in Idlib appear to have demonstrated something different. Not only were weapons
shipments increased to the so-called “vetted groups,” but the operations room specifically
encouraged a closer cooperation with Islamists commanding frontline operations.

Overall, Brookings is pleased to report that with the infiltration and overrunning of much
of Idlib in northern Syria, it appears their long-stated goal of creating a seat of power
for their proxies within Syria’s borders and perhaps even extending NATO aircover over it,
may finally be at hand. Brookings still attempts to perpetuate an adversarial narrative
between the West and Al Qaeda, despite admitting that it was only with Western backing
that recent offensives spearheaded by Al Qaeda itself were successful.

In reality, as far back as 2007, it was the admitted policy of the then Bush-led White
House to begin arming and funding sectarian extremists, including Al Qaeda, through the
use of intermediaries including Saudi Arabia. Veteran journalist and two-time Pulitzer
Prize-winner Seymour Hersh in his report “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new
policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?“would lay bare this conspiracy
which has since then unfolded verbatim as described in 2007.

The above mentioned Brookings article also alludes to a grander geopolitical landscape
taking shape beyond the Syrian conflict. It states in regards to the US now openly backing
what is for all intents and purposes an Al Qaeda-led offensive that:

The most likely explanation for such a move is pressure from the newly emboldened regional
alliance comprising Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. The United States also is looking for
ways to prove its continued alignment with its traditional Sunni Gulf allies, amid the
broader context of its rapprochement with Iran.

The continuation, even expansion of the US-backed conflict in Syria is the most telling
evidence of all regarding the disingenuous nature of America’s rapprochement with Iran.
The entire goal of destabilizing and potentially overthrowing the government in Syria is
to weaken Iran ahead of a similar campaign of encirclement, destabilization, and
destruction within Iran itself.

The fact that events in Syria are being accelerated, with Brookings itself admitting that
“international and ideological differences,” have been “pushed to the side,” illustrates a
palpable desperation among the West to finish the conflict in Syria in hopes of moving
forward toward Iran before regional dynamics and Iran’s own defensive posture renders moot
the West’s entire regional agenda, jeopardizing its long-standing hegemony across North
Africa and the Middle East.

Similarly rushed operations appear to be underway in Yemen. With Western-backed conflicts
embroiling virtually every nation surrounding Iran, the idea that the US seeks anything
but Iran’s eventual destruction, let alone “rapprochement” must surely have no one fooled
in Tehran.

While Brookings enthusiastically reports on the continued destruction in Syria it itself
played a part in engineering and promoting, it still admits that overthrowing Syria’s
legitimate government is not inevitable. While it attempts to portray Syria’s allies as
withdrawing support for Damascus, the reality is that if and when Syria falls, Syria’s
allies are indisputably next in line.

Iran will face an entire nation handed over to Al Qaeda and other heavily armed and
well-backed sectarian extremists dreaming of a cataclysmic confrontation with Tehran,
fueled by a global network of US-Saudi backed madrases turning out legions of
ideologically poisoned zealots. And beyond Iran, Russia faces the prospect of its Caucasus
region being turned into a corridor of terror aimed straight at the heart of Russia

The conflict in Syria is but a single battle among a much larger war — a global war
constituting what is basically a third World War, fought not upon vast but clearly defined
fronts, but rather through the use of fourth generation warfare, proxies, mercenaries,
economics, and information. For those that fail to see how Syria is linked to the survival
of many nations beyond its borders and the very concept of a multi-polar world built upon
the concept of national sovereignty, they invite not just Damascus’ defeat, but that of
the world as we know it.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the
online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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