– Al-Qaeda probably responsible Syrian suicide bombings, US spy chief (Telegraph, Feb. 17, 2012):
Al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq likely carried out recent suicide bombings in Syria and has infiltrated opposition forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the US spy chief said last night.
Bombing attacks in Damascus and Aleppo since December “had all the earmarks of an al-Qaeda-like attack,” James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“And so we believe al-Qaeda in Iraq is extending its reach into Syria,” he said.
His comments confirmed earlier reports that US officials suspected al-Qaeda’s hand in the bombings and follows a recent video message from al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in which he endorses the uprising against Assad’s rule.
Iraq’s deputy interior minister told AFP this month that al-Qaeda was moving guns and militants from Iraq into Syria.
Mr Clapper voiced concern that Al-Qaeda militants had inserted themselves inside a divided opposition amid the spiraling violence that activists say has left more than 6,000 people dead since March 2011.
“Another disturbing phenomenon that we’ve seen recently, apparently, is the presence of extremists who have infiltrated the opposition groups.
“The opposition groups in many cases may not be aware that they’re there,” he said.
Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, speaking at a news conference with his German counterpart, Thomas De Maiziere, echoed Mr Clapper’s view but said al-Qaeda’s influence on the opposition remained unclear.
Asked if Washington could support opposition forces given al-Qaeda’s presence, Panetta said: “I think just the fact that they’re present concerns us. As to what their role is, and how extensive their role is, I think that remains to be seen.”
Mr Clapper said the opposition was deeply fragmented and that the Assad regime appeared able to hold on to power for the moment as it pressed ahead with the violent repression of protests.
He added there was no sign the stalemate would end anytime soon.
Mr Clapper also said US intelligence agencies were monitoring Syria’s “extensive network” of chemical weapon stockpiles, which he said presented a bigger challenge than Libya’s arsenal did before the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
“Although to this point, and we’re watching these very carefully, they appear to be secure,” he said.
– Webster Tarpley: Al-Qaeda Commander of NATO’s Bloody Reign of Terror in Tripoli is the Monster Abdel Hakim Belhadj, aka Abdel Hakim al-Hasadi, Friend of Osama Bin Laden, former US POW, and Infamous Killer of US Soldiers in Afghanistan
Meet the lie used to take out Gaddafi:
– The Corbett Report: The Assassination of Gaddafi & The Destruction Of Libya (Video)
Meet the BAD Guy:
“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaeda. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US.”
– Robin Cook, Former British Foreign Secretary
Just one month after this article published in the Guardian Robin Cook DIED:
– Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook: ‘Al-Qaida, Literally “The Database”, Was Originally The Computer File Of The Thousands Of Mujahideen Who Were Recruited And Trained With Help From The CIA To Defeat The Russians’
– Al Qaeda Doesn’t Exist or How The US Created Al Qaeda (Documentary)
– BBC: Al-Qaeda Does Not Exist (Documentary)