— The Erimtan Angle —

The Associated Press announced this possibly disconcerting piece of news: ‘Iraq asserted Thursday [, 5 July] that al-Qaida insurgents are streaming out of the country to carry out attacks in Syria, an ominous development as the Syrian conflict enflames an already hostile region. Extremists have been making inroads as the 16-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad grinds on, bringing a dangerous new element to the forces fighting to topple the regime. The militants are taking advantage of the chaos and the violence gripping Syria, which the head of the country’s U.N. observer mission said Thursday had reached “unprecedented levels.” Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said authorities are worried that extremists could gain another foothold in Syria, posing a new threat to the stability of the entire region’.[1]

Zebari said: “We have solid information and intelligence that members of al-Qaida’s terrorist network have gone to Syria.. . . [adding that] “extremist, terrorist groups [from Iraq are] taking root in neighboring countries”.[2]  The AP report mentions that the “al-Qaida-inspired group, the Al-Nusra [F]ront, has claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks across Syria”.[3]

It seems like a known known that Al Qaeda as a global terrorist network does not really exist . . . on the other hand, the name is nowadays a kind of badge of honour for Islamic extremists trying to gain global notoriety and requisite media attention. As a result, could one say that Islamic extremists have crossed into Syriafrom Iraq, with the hope of joining a group like the above-quoted Al-Nusra Front???  The organisation was apparently set up by a certain Abu Muhammad al-Julani in the wake of the outburst of unrest in Syrialast year. At the end of February this year, AFP reported that a ‘previously unknown jihadist group has claimed responsibility for suicide bombings in the Syrian capital and the second city Aleppo that killed dozens earlier this year, in a video seen by AFP Wednesday [, 29 February 2012]’. The AFP report continues that the ‘group calling itself Al-Nusra Front to Protect the Levant said it carried out the attacks in Damascus and Aleppo “to avenge the people of Homs,” besieged by regime forces. The 45-minute video posted on jihadist forums showed footage of the destruction caused by the January 6 car attack in Damascus that killed 26 people, and by a twin suicide car bombing in Aleppo on February 10 that killed 28 people’.[4]

Opportunist Muslim extremists who are now using the name of the recently discovered enemy of the West, the shadowy organisation known as Al Qaeda . . . After all, to use the nifty Escobarian phrase once again, the name of the “catch-all ghost entity” al Qaeda, which many now believe is the new bogeyman threatening the U.S. and the West, needs to be mentioned to ensure sufficient public interest. The fact that extremist Islamists are now fighting inSyriaseems incontrovertible, but whether they were imported by Saudi, Qatari, or other power-brokers, remains a mystery for now.

If it is true that the U.S. and Turkey have been orchestrating the armed opposition to the Assad regime since April 2011, then the appearance of the Al-Nusra Front on the Syrian scene has to be regarded as a fortuitous event, ostensibly vindicating Assad that he is waging a war against foreign-sponsored terrorist . . . Who is bankrolling the Victorious Front fighting the Baath regime in Syria???  Where did they come from and what took them so long to take shape???  The AP reports reassuringly that ‘[o]pposition activists and the rebel Free Syrian Army deny having any links to terrorism and say they do not have the desire or the capabilities to carry out massive suicide bombings and other al-Qaida-style attacks. But dozens of rebel groups are operating in Syriawith little or no coordination between them’.[5]

At the same time, the website WikiLeaks posted numerous e-mails relating to Syria on the internet. Mister Assange, still in hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy, said facetiously, “the material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s external opponents”.[vi]  The whistleblowing website announces that ‘[t]oday, Thursday 5 July 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing the Syria Files – more than two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012. This extraordinary data set derives from 680 Syria-related entities or domain names, including those of the Ministries of Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Information, Transport and Culture. Over the next two months, ground-breaking stories derived from the files will appear in WikiLeaks (global), Al Akhbar (Lebanon), Al Masry Al Youm (Egypt), ARD (Germany), Associated Press (US), L’Espresso (Italy), Owni (France) and Publico.es (Spain). Other publications will announce themselves closer to their publishing date. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said: “The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents. It helps us not merely to criticise one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions and thoughts. It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it.” At this time Syria is undergoing a violent internal conflict that has killed between 6,000 and 15,000 people in the last 18 months. The Syria Files shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, but they also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another. The range of information extends from the intimate correspondence of the most senior Baath party figures to records of financial transfers sent from Syrian ministries to other nations. The database comprises 2,434,899 emails from the 680 domains. There are 678,752 different email addresses that have sent emails and 1,082,447 different recipients. There are a number of different languages in the set, including around 400,000 emails in Arabic and 68,000 emails in Russian. The data is more than eight times the size of ’Cablegate’ in terms of number of documents, and more than 100 times the size in terms of data. Around 42,000 emails were infected with viruses or trojans. To solve these complexities, WikiLeaks built a general-purpose, multi-language political data-mining system which can handle massive data sets like those represented by the Syria Files. In such a large collection of information, it is not possible to verify every single email at once; however, WikiLeaks and its co-publishers have done so for all initial stories to be published. We are statistically confident that the vast majority of the data are what they purport to be’.[7]


[2] “Iraq warns al-Qaida flowing intoSyria”.

[3] “Iraq warns al-Qaida flowing intoSyria”..

[4] “Unknown Islamist group claims suicide attacks in Syria” AFP (29 February 2012). http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/02/29/197781.html.

[5] “Iraq warns al-Qaida flowing intoSyria”.

[6] “Iraq warns al-Qaida flowing intoSyria”..

[7] “Syria Files” WikiLeaks. http://wikileaks.org/syria-files/.

Comments on: "Arms, Al Qaeda, Iraq, and Syria: The Al-Nusra Front???" (3)

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  3. child13 said:

    ” Chuck Hagel announced during the weekend forum that the US has no intention of scaling back its military presence (read: arms sales) in the Persian Gulf despite the recent diplomatic detente with Iran. «Diplomacy, must be backed up with military power,» Hagel told delegates. The Pentagon chief also disclosed that the US was going ahead with the sale of 15,000 anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia worth $1 billion. These missiles will probably end up in the hands of Al Qaeda militants waging a war of terror against Syria for the Western-backed objective of regime change in that country. Ironically, and ludicrously, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned delegates that «extremists» operating in Syria (with the covert support of the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia among others) present a grave security threat to the Middle East region and Europe.” http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/12/09/from-bahrain-to-ukraine-hail-western-salesmen-subversion-and-deception.html
    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/polio-has-broken-out-in-syria-and-20-million-children-are-to-be-vaccinated-8931389.html

    CHUCK HAGEL IS A MAN OF DEUTSCHE BANK.
    chuck hagel ” serves on the board of directors of Chevron Corporation, Deutsche Bank’s Americas Advisory Board, …..” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Hagel
    ALSO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS CONTROLLED BY DEUTSCHE BANK.
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/maryriddell/100033519/with-bankers-as-his-friends-david-cameron-needs-no-enemies/

    WHO CONTROLS DEUTSCHE BANK ?
    WE CAN NOTICE RELATIONS AMONG LORD JACOB ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK. https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Jacob_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    DAVID HAYSEY ” HEAD OF PUBLIC EQUITIES AT RIT CAPITAL PARTNERS ” AND IN THE PAST ” DIRECTOR AT J ROTHSCHILD CAPITAL MANAGEMENT ” HAS BEEN ” MANAGING DIRECTOR AT DEUTSCHE BANK ” http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/david-haysey/1b/470/bb3
    THERE ARE ALSO LINKS AMONG EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK. https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Evelyn_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    VERNON JORDAN, THE BIG FRIEND OF EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND OF HIS WIFE LYNN DE ROTHSCHILD, HAS BEEN A DIRECTOR OF DEUTSCHE BANK.
    http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/director/8570529/vernon-jordan-jr
    DEUTSCHE BANK IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD
    ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild ) AND BY HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild ). http://in.linkedin.com/pub/nicolas-hindi/31/912/265
    http://www.lejdd.fr/Economie/Images/Les-plus-grosses-fortunes-de-France/Benjamin-de-Rothschild-206941
    ” Benjamin de Rothschild, only son of the late Edmond de Rothschild, was a classic case of great expectations gone astray. Despite being groomed for greatness from a young age, as a teenager he skipped university and instead headed for Los Angeles with dreams of being a film producer. In LA he started taking drugs, and ended up on heroin. Meanwhile, he failed to make it into Hollywood’s charmed circle and bombed as a film-maker. ”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/poor-little-rich-boys-1097744.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waddesdonhttp://www.waddesdon.org.uk/ http://www.thefullwiki.org/Waddesdon_Manor http://www.thefullwiki.org/Ascott_House http://www.breathingenglishair.blogspot.fr/2012/04/ascott-house-buckinghamshire.html http://wikimapia.org/6825620/fr/Chateau-de-Pregny http://www.panoramio.com/photo/77169200

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