Thank you for Supporting Al Qaeda: CIA Honors Major Terrorist Financier for Successful Cooperation

Global Research, February 13, 2017
Moon of Alabama 11 February 2017

Seymour Hersh – The Redirection:

[T]he Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

Former Vice President Biden explaining who finances Takfiri terrorism (video):

Mr Biden said that “our biggest problem is our allies” who are engaged in a proxy Sunni-Shiite war against Syrian President Bashar Assad. He specifically named Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”What did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad – except that the people who were being supplied were (Jabhat) Al-Nusra and al-Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world,” Mr Biden said.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explaining who finances Takfiri terrorism (original):

… we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region.

ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback:

Qatar’s military and economic largesse has made its way to Jabhat al-Nusra, to the point that a senior Qatari official told me he can identify al-Nusra commanders by the blocks they control in various Syrian cities. But ISIS is another matter. As one senior Qatari official stated, “ISIS has been a Saudi project.”

CIA honors Saudi Crown Prince for efforts against terrorism

The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, received a medal on Friday from the CIA for his distinct intelligence-related counter-terrorism work and his contributions to ensure international peace and security.

The medal, named after George Tenet, was handed to him by CIA Director Micheal Pompeo after the Crown Prince received him in Riyadh on Friday in the presence of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

The Real Syria Story No One Wants You to Know About


The conflict in Syria and the flashpoint of Daraa, a town near the Syria-Jordan border where the CIA, working with the Muslim Brotherhood, attacked police and set the stage for a conflict that has so far claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Syrians. The proxy war is designed to take down a secular government and replace it with a Salafist principality controlled by the Brotherhood, a longtime CIA and British intelligence asset. ~ Notes HERE

Seymour Hersh Says Clinton Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Terrorists

Seymour Hersh Says Hillary Approved Sending Libya’s Sarin to Syrian Rebels

The great investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, in two previous articles in the London Review of Books («Whose Sarin?» and «The Red Line and the Rat Line») has reported that the Obama Administration falsely blamed the government of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for the sarin gas attack that Obama was trying to use as an excuse to invade Syria; and Hersh pointed to a report from British intelligence saying that the sarin that was used didn’t come from Assad’s stockpiles. Hersh also said that a secret agreement in 2012 was reached between the Obama Administration and the leaders of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, to set up a sarin gas attack and blame it on Assad so that the US could invade and overthrow Assad. «By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria».

Hersh didn’t say whether these «arms» included the precursor chemicals for making sarin which were stockpiled in Libya, but there have been multiple independent reports that Libya’s Gaddafi possessed such stockpiles, and also that the US Consulate in Benghazi Libya was operating a «rat line» for Gaddafi’s captured weapons into Syria through Turkey. So, Hersh isn’t the only reporter who has been covering this. Indeed, the investigative journalist Christoph Lehmann headlined on 7 October 2013, «Top US and Saudi Officials responsible for Chemical Weapons in Syria» and reported, on the basis of very different sources than Hersh used, that «Evidence leads directly to the White House, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, CIA Director John Brennan, Saudi Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar, and Saudi Arabia´s Interior Ministry». And, as if that weren’t enough, even the definitive analysis of the evidence that was performed by two leading US analysts, the Lloyd-Postal report, concluded that, «The US Government’s Interpretation of the Technical Intelligence It Gathered Prior to and After the August 21 Attack CANNOT POSSIBLY BE CORRECT». Obama has clearly been lying.

However, now, for the first time, Hersh has implicated Hillary Clinton directly in this «rat line». In an interview with, Hersh was asked about the then-US-Secretary-of-State’s role in the Benghazi Libya US consulate’s operation to collect weapons from Libyan stockpiles and send them through Turkey into Syria for a set-up sarin-gas attack, to be blamed on Assad in order to ‘justify’ the US invading Syria, as the US had invaded Libya to eliminate Gaddafi. Hersh said: «That ambassador who was killed, he was known as a guy, from what I understand, as somebody, who would not get in the way of the CIA. As I wrote, on the day of the mission he was meeting with the CIA base chief and the shipping company. He was certainly involved, aware and witting of everything that was going on. And there’s no way somebody in that sensitive of a position is not talking to the boss, by some channel».

This was, in fact, the Syrian part of the State Department’s Libyan operation, Obama’s operation to set up an excuse for the US doing in Syria what they had already done in Libya.

The interviewer then asked: «In the book [Hersh’s The Killing of Osama bin Laden, just out] you quote a former intelligence official as saying that the White House rejected 35 target sets [for the planned US invasion of Syria] provided by the Joint Chiefs as being insufficiently painful to the Assad regime. (You note that the original targets included military sites only – nothing by way of civilian infrastructure.) Later the White House proposed a target list that included civilian infrastructure. What would the toll to civilians have been if the White House’s proposed strike had been carried out?»

Hersh responded by saying that the US tradition in that regard has long been to ignore civilian casualties; i.e., collateral damage of US attacks is okay or even desired (so as to terrorize the population into surrender) – not an ‘issue’, except, perhaps, for the PR people.

The interviewer asked why Obama is so obsessed to replace Assad in Syria, since «The power vacuum that would ensue would open Syria up to all kinds of jihadi groups»; and Hersh replied that not only he, but the Joint Chiefs of Staff, «nobody could figure out why». He said, «Our policy has always been against him [Assad]. Period». This has actually been the case not only since the Party that Assad leads, the Ba’ath Party, was the subject of a shelved CIA coup-plot in 1957 to overthrow and replace it; but, actually, the CIA’s first coup had been not just planned but was carried out in 1949 in Syria, overthrowing there a democratically elected leader, in order to enable a pipeline for the Sauds’ oil to become built through Syria into the largest oil market, Europe; and, construction of the pipeline started the following year. But, there were then a succession of Syrian coups (domestic instead of by foreign powers – 195419631966, and, finally, in 1970), concluding in the accession to power of Hafez al-Assad during the 1970 coup. And, the Sauds’ long-planned Trans-Arabia Pipeline has still not been built.

The Saudi royal family, who own the world’s largest oil company, Aramco, don’t want to wait any longer. Obama is the first US President to have seriously tried to carry out their long-desired «regime change» in Syria, so as to enable not only the Sauds’ Trans-Arabian Pipeline to be built, but also to build through Syria the Qatar-Turkey Gas Pipeline that the Thani royal family (friends of the Sauds) who own Qatar want also to be built there. The US is allied with the Saud family (and with their friends, the royal families of Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, and Oman). Russia is allied with the leaders of Syria – as Russia had earlier been allied with Mossadegh in Iran, Arbenz in Guatemala, Allende in Chile, Hussein in Iraq, Gaddafi in Libya, and Yanukovych in Ukraine (all of whom except Syria’s Ba’ath Party, the US has successfully overthrown).

Hersh was wrong to say that «nobody could figure out why» Obama is obsessed with overthrowing Assad and his Ba’ath Party, even if nobody that he spoke with was willing to say why. They have all been hired to do a job, which didn’t change even when the Soviet Union ended and the Warsaw Pact was disbanded; and, anyone who has been at this job for as long as those people have, can pretty well figure out what the job actually is – even if Hersh can’t.

Hersh then said that Obama wanted to fill Syria with foreign jihadists to serve as the necessary ground forces for his planned aerial bombardment there, and, «if you wanted to go there and fight there in 2011-2013, ‘Go, go, go… overthrow Bashar!’ So, they actually pushed a lot of people [jihadists] to go. I don’t think they were paying for them but they certainly gave visas».

However, it’s not actually part of America’s deal with its allies the fundamentalist-Sunni Arabic royal families and the fundamentalist Sunni Erdogan of Turkey, for the US to supply the salaries (to be «paying for them», as Hersh put it there) to those fundamentalist Sunni jihadists – that’s instead the function of the Sauds and of their friends, the other Arab royals, and their friends, to do. (Those are the people who finance the terrorists to perpetrate attacks in the US, Europe, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, India, Nigeria, etc. – i.e., anywhere except in their own countries.) And, Erdogan in Turkey mainly gives their jihadists just safe passage into Syria, and he takes part of the proceeds from the jihadists’ sales of stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil. But, they all work together as a team (with the jihadists sometimes killing each other in the process – that’s even part of the plan) – though each national leader has PR problems at home in order to fool his respective public into thinking that they’re against terrorists, and that only the ‘enemy’ is to blame. (Meanwhile, the aristocrats who supply the «salaries» of the jihadists, walk off with all the money.)

This way, US oil and gas companies will refine, and pipeline into Europe, the Sauds’ oil and the Thanis’ gas, and not only will Russia’s major oil-and-gas market become squeezed away by that, but Obama’s economic sanctions against Russia, plus the yet-further isolation of Russia (as well as of China and the rest of the BRICS countries) by excluding them from Obama’s three mega-trade-deals (TTIP, TPP & TISA), will place the US aristocracy firmly in control of the world, to dominate the 21st Century, as it has dominated ever since the end of WW II.

Then, came this question from Hersh: «Why does America do what it does? Why do we not say to the Russians, Let’s work together?» His interviewer immediately seconded that by repeating it, «So why don’t we work closer with Russia? It seems so rational». Hersh replied simply: «I don’t know». He didn’t venture so much as a guess – not even an educated one. But, when journalists who are as knowledgeable as he, don’t present some credible explanation, to challenge the obvious lies (which make no sense that accords with the blatantly contrary evidence those journalists know of against those lies) that come from people such as Barack Obama, aren’t they thereby – though passively – participating in the fraud, instead of contradicting and challenging it? Or, is the underlying assumption, there: The general public is going to be as deeply immersed in the background information here as I am, so that they don’t need me to bring it all together for them into a coherent (and fully documented) whole, which does make sense? Is that the underlying assumption? Because: if it is, it’s false.

Hersh’s journalism is among the best (after all: he went so far as to say, of Christopher Stephens, regarding Hillary Clinton, «there’s no way somebody in that sensitive of a position is not talking to the boss, by some channel»), but it’s certainly not good enough. However, it’s too good to be published any longer in places like the New Yorker. And the reporting by Christof Lehmann was better, and it was issued even earlier than Hersh’s; and it is good enough, because it named names, and it explained motivations, in an honest and forthright way, which is why Lehmann’s piece was published only on a Montenegrin site, and only online, not in a Western print medium, such as the New Yorker. The sites that are owned by members of the Western aristocracy don’t issue reports like that – journalism that’s good enough. They won’t inform the public when a US Secretary of State, and her boss the US President, are the persons actually behind a sarin gas attack they’re blaming on a foreign leader the US aristocrats and their allied foreign aristocrats are determined to topple and replace.

Is this really democracy?

Hezbollah Wages an Existential Battle in Syria


June 27, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has announced his intentions to reinforce positions within Syria, particularly in Aleppo. Al-Manar in its article, “S. Nasrallah: Hezbollah Will Reinforce Troops in Aleppo to Achieve Major Victory,” would report that:

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah confirmed on Friday that the party will send more troops to Syria’s Aleppo where a major battle goes on in order to defeat the takfiri-terrorist project backed by Saudi and the US.

Nasrallah would add that the US and its regional allies were preparing to flood Syria with thousands of additional terrorist proxies in a bid to seize Aleppo. He also pointed out how the so-called “ceasefire” was used by various US-Saudi backed terrorist groups to retrench and prepare for the next phase of fighting.

Nasrallah Warned the World in 2007 of Syria’s Coming Catastrophe  

In 2007, Nasrallah would give an interview to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his article “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?

In it, Nasrallah would state the following while discussing the ongoing civil war in Iraq, years before the onset of the current Syrian crisis:

Nasrallah said he believed that America also wanted to bring about the partition of Lebanon and of Syria. In Syria, he said, the result would be to push the country “into chaos and internal battles like in Iraq.” In Lebanon, “There will be a Sunni state, an Alawi state, a Christian state, and a Druze state.” But, he said, “I do not know if there will be a Shiite state.” 

He believed that attempts would be made to drive Shia’a from Lebanon and Syria as far as southern Iraq, which may explain why the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) finds itself operating conveniently in both Syria and Iraq, serving as a tool to influence not just Syria, but the entire region geopolitically.

Hersh’s 2007 article would also reveal another important aspect of US foreign policy evident at the time and now prophetic in retrospect. The article stated that (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

In essence, Hersh’s research and interviews revealed that even as early as 2007, the US was working together with regional allies like Saudi Arabia to bolster armed terrorist groups and their political networks, including the Muslim Brotherhood, in preparations to divide and destroy the region, including Syria, as well as Lebanon.

Syria’s Fight is Lebanon’s Fight, is Hezbollah’s Fight 

Prominent clearinghouses for Washington talking points, dressed up as journalism like the Daily Beast, have insisted that Hezbollah’s fight in Syria is divorced from the organization’s alleged purpose – which the Daily Beast claims simplistically is “fighting Israel.” In its article, “Hezbollah Fighters Are Fed Up With Fighting Syria’s War,” and in typical Western “journalistic fashion,” the Daily Beast defers to a handful anonymous anecdotal tales to bolster an otherwise baseless premise promoting this factually flawed narrative.

Hezbollah’s purpose for existing is not to “fight Israel.” It is to protect the nation of Lebanon and the people of the Shia’a faith from all threats. Hersh’s 2007 article would reveal that in addition to protecting Shia’a populations, even former CIA operator Robert Baer would admit that Hezbollah would also play a primary role in protecting other minorities across the region, including Christians, when Washington’s Al Qaeda-led proxy war began.

Since Hezbollah’s actual purpose for being is the defense of Lebanon – it is not difficult to see why it has invested itself so heavily in the war raging in neighboring Syria.

The belligerence of Israel’s current regime is only one of many threats that loom large over Lebanon’s future. The expansion of extremist groups ranging from Al Nusra and Al Qaeda, to the Islamic State, fueled by US, Saudi, Turkish, Qatari, and Jordanian cash, arms, and political backing, is another. It constitutes an existential threat not only to Syria, but to its neighbors including Lebanon.

Lebanon, in fact, has served as one of many conduits through which the US-led proxy war’s fighters have moved along with significant amounts of material support. This has led to clashes within Lebanon itself between extremist groups and both Hezbollah and the Lebanese military who attempted to interdict the flow of men and materiel.

But the current impact of Syria’s war on Lebanon is only one threat the nation and its defenders face. The other is the prospect of Syria’s government collapsing and terrorist groups bolstered by the West and its regional allies prevailing – and then spreading.

Libya is a Warning to Syria’s Neighbors: “You’re Next” 
As seen in Libya, the Western-induced collapse of a government and subsequent regime change is only the first step of the West’s wider ambitions. Libya was then used as a springboard to send fighters and weapons to other nations targeted by Washington for “regime change.” This included Syria itself.

Observers of the Syrian conflict may recall that in late 2011 and early 2012, Libya contributed a significant number of fighters and weapons to the Syrian conflict, entering the country via NATO-member Turkey with the assistance of the United States government, and spearheading the invasion of Syria’s largest city Aleppo.

In November 2011, the Telegraph in their article, “Leading Libyan Islamist met Free Syrian Army opposition group,” would report:

Abdulhakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and the former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, “met with Free Syrian Army leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey,” said a military official working with Mr Belhadj. “Mustafa Abdul Jalil (the interim Libyan president) sent him there.”

It should be noted that US-backed terrorist leader Belhadj is now rumored to play a pivotal role in ISIS’ presence in Libya.

Another Telegraph article, “Libya’s new rulers offer weapons to Syrian rebels,” would admit:

Syrian rebels held secret talks with Libya’s new authorities on Friday, aiming to secure weapons and money for their insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, The Daily Telegraph has learned.

At the meeting, which was held in Istanbul and included Turkish officials, the Syrians requested “assistance” from the Libyan representatives and were offered arms, and potentially volunteers.

“There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan fighters to Syria,” said a Libyan source, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few weeks you will see.”

Image: It is no coincidence that US-backed terrorist Belhaj would immediately marshal Libyan fighters and weapons to wage America’s proxy war in Syria after the fall of the Libyan government in 2011. 

Later that month, some 600 Libyan terrorists would be reported to have entered Syria to begin combat operations and subsequently, CNN whose Ivan Watson accompanied terrorists over the Turkish-Syrian border and into Aleppo, revealed that indeed foreign fighters were amongst the militants, particularly Libyans. It was admitted that:

Meanwhile, residents of the village where the Syrian Falcons were headquartered said there were fighters of several North African nationalities also serving with the brigade’s ranks.

A volunteer Libyan fighter has also told CNN he intends to travel from Turkey to Syria within days to add a “platoon” of Libyan fighters to armed movement.

CNN also added:

On Wednesday, CNN’s crew met a Libyan fighter who had crossed into Syria from Turkey with four other Libyans. The fighter wore full camouflage and was carrying a Kalashnikov rifle. He said more Libyan fighters were on the way.

The foreign fighters, some of them are clearly drawn because they see this as … a jihad. So this is a magnet for jihadists who see this as a fight for Sunni Muslims.

With this all in mind, one can only imagine how much greater the reach of these terrorist groups will be with Syria as yet another hub to train, stage in and traffic weapons and fighters from, as the West shifts its proxy war toward Lebanon, Iran, and even as far as southern Russia and western China.

Lebanon, without Syria’s government and military, and with Iran fighting a proxy war that will inevitable cross over into its territory should Syria fall, does not stand a chance against proxies backed by US-led multinational sponsorship of terrorism.

Image: Police patrol in western China where US-backed terrorism actively seeks to undermine peace and stability in a bid to destabilize Beijing. Syria’s fall to US-backed terrorists will enhance America’s ability to project wider terror, further, including China. 

Syria’s battle is Lebanon’s battle. It is also Iran’s battle, as well as Russia’s and even China’s. These nations do not support and defend the Syrian government out of an obligation to an ally alone. They do so with the realization of where the conflict will lead to later if not ended in Syria now.

This is precisely why Syria, Russia, Iran, and Lebanon – and to a lesser extent, China – cannot afford to abandon Syria.

This is also why “assurances” from the US that if only “regime change” is accomplished in Syria, the conflict will end, cannot and should not be entertained.

“Regime change” did not end the conflict in Libya, nor Libya’s role in supporting wider conflicts beyond its borders. It will not end in Syria either. It will only lead to the next, and much larger conflict.

Hezbollah is not fighting for “Assad” in Syria. Hezbollah is fighting for Lebanon and the stability of the entire region upon which Lebanon’s future depends.

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

Syrian Border Chaos as NATO Aims to Win Proxy War

May 31, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – An engineered drama unfolds along the Turkish-Syrian border as terrorists armed and backed by a US-led coalition including NATO-member Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar allegedly battle both the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) and Syrian-backed “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) near and around the Syrian city of Azaz.

Reuters in a recent article titled, “Islamic State advance near Turkish border, civilians trapped,” reports that:

Islamic State fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border on Friday and inched closer to a town on a supply route for foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists, a monitoring group said. 

The hardline group has been fighting against rebels in the area for several months. The rebels, who are supplied via Turkey, last month staged a major push against Islamic State, but the group counter-attacked and beat them back.

Reuters, however, leaves out very crucial information – information that if concludes, would raise suspicions about the entire narrative alleged across Western media outlets like Reuters.

If rebels are being directly supplied across the Turkish-Syrian border by a multinational coalition, how is it possible that ISIS forces are somehow better equipped and able to overwhelm these forces? The length of any ISIS logistical line supporting its fighters in this alleged battle – if not also extending over the Turkish-Syrian border in the immediate vicinity of the fighting, must be hundreds of miles long and in itself an immense strain on ISIS’ fighting capacity.

It would be rather remarkable, in fact, unbelievable for ISIS to somehow not be being aided and abetted from directly across the Turkish-Syrian border where allegedly “foreign-backed insurgents” are allegedly receiving aid from nations like the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

And in fact, ISIS, as well as Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra Front, are accused of receiving such aid via Turkey – most recently with the Russian General Staff accusing Al Nusra of receiving “daily arms shipments across the border from Turkey.”

Not Merely “Russian Propaganda” 

While some will easily dismiss accusations of NATO involvement in arming, aiding, and abetting listed terrorist organizations amid the ongoing war in Syria as “Russian propaganda,” it should be noted that as early as 2007, Western journalists themselves had attempted to warn the public of an unfolding criminal conspiracy among Western special interests to do precisely this.

In the New Yorker’s 2007 article, “The Redirection Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?,” Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran journalist Seymour Hersh would warn (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda. 

Hersh’s sources, which included former CIA agent Robert Baer, warned of an impending “cataclysmic conflict” being engineered between Sunni and Shia’a Muslims as part of this conspiracy. He predicted the necessity of Shia’a groups forming the front lines against sectarian genocide carried out by US and Saudi-backed extremists with the responsibility of protecting not only Shia’a Muslims, but also Christians and other ethnic minorities, falling upon groups like Hezbollah.

The Meaning Behind Border Chaos… 
In hindsight, Hersh’s words now appear prophetic. Warnings of Western support of extremists in 2007 manifested as open warfare in 2011, and between the beginning of the war and now, an incremental revelation of US, Turkish, Saudi, and Qatari complicity in the rise and perpetuation of extremists like Al Nusra and the many terrorist organizations fighting along side it, including openly US-backed terrorist organizations like Ahrar Al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam.

This begs the question as to whether or not ISIS’ departure from Al Nusra was more political than any actual strategic, organizational, or ideological schism. Rhetoric aside, examining the logistical necessities of ISIS’ current “war” with US-backed terrorists in northern Syria, it is clear that the group, along with Al Nusra, are receiving support from Turkish territory.

Image: It has been clear for years now that the one place NATO seeks to establish a “safe zone” is one of the last remaining corridors supplying ISIS and Al Qaeda within Syria.

What is unfolding in northern Syria is yet another attempt by the US and its allies to create and exploit chaos, rather than stem it.

Continued support of extremists by either neglecting border security, or directly and intentionally supplying, arming, and otherwise supporting terrorist organizations ensures maximum violence, humanitarian catastrophe, and a continued pretext for further incursions by both US and Turkish forces along Syria’s borders in pursuit of long-desired “safe havens” where terrorist forces can better be protected and positioned to project their destruction deeper and more effectively into Syrian territory.

In reality, the chaos the US and its allies are citing as justification for further involvement in Syria’s conflict could easily be brought to an end simply by securing Turkey’s borders within Turkish territory. Turkish forces are arrayed along the border alongside US special forces, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and myriad of European and Persian Gulf military and intelligence assets. Failure to secure the border and cut off Al Nusra and ISIS’ supply lines is intentional.

Securing the Borders 

For Syria, securing its own borders has been infinitely problematic. Attempts to approach and retake territory along the borders has been met not only by obviously Turkish-backed terrorist forces, but also by NATO-backed Turkish military provocations. Turkey regularly shells Syrian territory. Its aircraft and anti-aircraft systems have regularly been deployed along the border attempting to deter first Syrian, then Russian aircraft from targeting the streams of supplies being sent into Syrian territory to sustain terrorist groups including ISIS and Al Nusra.

Image: Hundreds of trucks a day pass over the Turkish-Syrian border in efforts to perpetuate ISIS’ existence within Syria. Contrary to popular belief, armies requires enormous and continuous supplies to maintain their fighting capacity. No other explanation besides state-sponsorship can account for ISIS’ years-long regional warfare.

Attempting to avoid a more direct and costly confrontation with Turkey has forced Syria and its allies to take a more indirect means of securing the borders, using SDF fighters to occupy and face off against Turkish and NATO forces without implicating Damascus directly.

Conversely, the use of these irregular forces has given NATO apparent leeway to make incursions of its own into Syrian territory – as they can claim they are not fighting Syrian forces, but merely “Kurdish terrorists.” While this chaffs directly with America’s alleged support of Kurdish groups elsewhere in the country, this is mitigated by a feigned political fallout between Washington and Ankara – despite US forces still graciously being hosted in Turkey and the two still clearly working in tandem toward the destruction of neighboring Syria.

A multinational peacekeeping force placed along Syria’s northern border or Syrian-Russian bases placed further north may force one of two moves by the US and its collaborators. Directly attacking peacekeepers or Syrian-Russian bases from Turkish territory risking a wider war, or using proxies in Turkish territory, but at the cost of further exposing Washington and Ankara’s hands in propping up and perpetuating Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Either option is fraught with complications and obstacles to overcome – perhaps even insurmountable obstacles. Additional covert resources supplied to SDF fighters along the Syrian-Turkish border could also be an attractive alternative. Syria and Russia could also work further on exposing the precise nature of Al Nusra and ISIS supply lines originating in Turkey – as well as in Jordan and through Iraq via Saudi Arabia directly.

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

Is Seymour Hersh a sneaky Zionist subversive?

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh gestures during a panel discussion on "The Challenges of Reporting About Iraq" at the Associated Press Managing Editors annual conference in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Deteriorating security in Iraq has made covering the war and reconstruction efforts exceedingly difficult, and this isn't helping efforts to give readers the coverage they need to understand what's really going on, a panel of journalists said Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Syrian Free Press


by Jonathan Azaziah, MouqawamahMusic

Seymour Hersh is a sneaky, sneaky Zionist subversive

During the early stages of the hegemonic powers’ criminal invasion of Iraq when the Abu Ghraib scandal arose, Hersh wrote a couple of critically-acclaimed pieces in the New Yorker–a Zionist rag if there ever was one–supposedly “documenting” how all the torture was the fault of two men, the war criminals Donald Rumsfeld and Stephen Cambone.

What Hersh deliberately failed to mention however, firstly, was that Rumsfeld himself was nothing but the mere front man for Cerberus Global Investments, an immensely powerful holdings firm run by the Jewish supremacist billionaires Michael Steinhardt and Stephen Feinberg, and Cambone was just the literal underling of ultra-Zionist Douglas Feith.

And secondly, Hersh COMPLETELY left off the fact that the barbaric, utterly satanic torture tactics used on Iraqis in that hellhole were in fact ‘Israeli’, taught to the American occupation military by IOF, Shin Bet, Mossad and Aman “experts” (read: torturers of Lebanese and Palestinians) brought in by the Jewish neocons Paul Wolfowitz, the aforementioned Feith, Richard “Prince of Darkness” Perle, William Schneider, Abram Shulsky (who ran the OSP) and others.

Hersh was absolutely destroyed for this abominable cover-up by the ever-brilliant, always-militant Professor James Petras in the fourth chapter (entitled Exposing the Exposé: Seymour Hersh and the Missing Zionist ‘Israeli’ Connection) of his must-read book “The Power of ‘Israel’ in the United States”.

And more destruction is necessary, because Hersh has never, EVER covered the abyssal Jewish-Zionist-‘Israeli’ role in the butchering and attempted dismemberment of Iraq, from the economic warfare carried out by Maurice Greenberg-owned Marsh & McLennan Companies/AIG shabbos goy Paul Bremer and his Judaic handlers Dan Senor and Michael Fleischer, to the 100 some odd Mossad-linked firms gobbling up Arab-Islamic lands in Iraq’s Kurdish-controlled northern regions (his “Plan B” piece simply dealt with ‘Israeli’ training of Kurdish commandos, a known fact reported by numerous US and British outlets), to the greatest and least-discussed crime of the entire war on Iraq, the Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG), an agency created by the Zionist-run Defense Science Board to literally unleash ethno-communal false flag terrorism across Iraqi society, and even more. Hersh, in clear protection of his coreligionists, spoke of none of these matters even though they were all well within his sphere of research and investigation. Petras summed it up fiercely and beautifully, “Hersh attempted to head off the anti-Zionist headhunting coalition by focusing on the two Goyim.”

In April 2014, several months after the chemical weapons false flag attack in Eastern Ghouta, Hersh wrote a massive article called “The Red Line and The Rat Line” for the London Review of Books laying all the blame for the atrocity on the Neo-Ottoman madmen in Ankara. He did not mention the Zionist entity ONCE! NOT EVEN ONCE! And this is despite the fact that it was reported immediately after the chems were fired by several mainstream outlets that it was in fact the ‘Israeli’ entity which provided the intelligence to the Obama regime about “Assad forces” being the guilty party right off the rip. AIPAC subsequently led the charge for a “regime change” war, openly declaring that Washington needed to act as a means of sending a strong message to Hizbullah and Iran, the usurping Jewish entity’s greatest adversaries.

Did Turkey play an operational role in the event? Undoubtedly. But if Hersh was being honest, he would’ve written about the Jewish-Zionist ‘Clean Break’ document, which discussed ‘Israel’ working with the Turkish regime (and Jordan) to “roll back” Syria. Also, if Hersh was being genuine, he would’ve written about the historical precedent of ‘Israel’ lying to America to trigger and/or expand wars for Zionist interests, i.e. Operation Susannah (the Lavon Affair), the USS Liberty attack, the Sabra and Shatilah massacre, Operation Trojan (which led to the bombing of Libya in April ‘86) and yes, the mother and father of them all, 9/11 and Iraq’s WMDs. But Hersh, his (borderline euphorically hysterical) praise in the alternative press aside, isn’t a person of truthfulness but seditiousness who goes out of his way to deflect attention off the Zionist enemy. Indeed, a December 2015 piece of Hersh’s entitled “Military To Military” laughably asserts that ‘Israel’ is indirectly providing the Syrian Arab Army with intelligence to kill Takfiri terrorists, the very same Takfiri terrorists that ‘Israel’ is backing on all levels to… well… you know… fight the Syrian Arab Army and overthrow Syrian President Dr. Bashar al-Assad! Ridiculous isn’t even the word. The propaganda services Hersh provides for the artificial Jewish entity are seemingly boundless!

And now, as if the egregious obfuscations on Iraq and Syria weren’t bad enough, in the wake of the ongoing Western-Zionist media hasbara tsunami about Al-Saud’s role in 9/11, Hersh, ever the opportunist, jumps on the bandwagon in an interview with Alternet to spin a tremendously Talmudic yarn about the Wahhabi despots in Riyadh bribing Pakistan not to tell America where Bin Laden was… when the reality is… Bin Laden died 15 damn years ago in late December 2001 and it was reported by Pakistani, Egyptian, Iranian and even American media (Fox News)! The shit show that Obama put on in May 2011, complete with the utterly farcical “proper Islamic burial” at sea, was just that, a shits how, scraped out of the bowels of Zionist Hollywood to give the American ZOG a “win” in its continuing illegal intervention in the Arab-Islamic world. Here’s the grand slam though. Later on in the interview, Hersh remarkably declares, “My guess is, we don’t know anything really about 9/11. We just don’t know. We don’t know what role was played by whom.” No, Mr. Hersh. You’re wrong. Dead wrong. We know EXACTLY who carried out the heinous, ritualistic massacre on September 11th, 2001: ‘ISRAEL’, through an intricate criminal network of Zionist agents, regardless of counter-culture “Jewish savior” types like you refusing to touch the subject and doing all you can to avoid it like the plague.

Is the pattern of protecting Zionism not blatantly clear here? And keeping up with this pattern, I recall Seymour Hersh famously saying that the assassination of the 35th American President, John F. Kennedy, was a form of justice. At the time, Hersh cited JFK’s cruel, imperialistic policies towards Cuba as the reason behind his shocking comment. But considering all of the above, maybe, just maybe, it wasn’t the crimes against the revolutionary government in Havana that motivated Hersh’s point of view at all but rather JFK’s quiet war with David Ben-Gurion over the Zionist entity’s monstrously dangerous, utterly felonious nuclear program. This quiet war ultimately led to JFK’s killing at the hands of Mossad, a revelation that is documented in full by the late, great Michael Collins Piper in his masterpiece work “Final Judgment”. Hersh, in passing, touched on the conflict between Kennedy and Ben-Gurion in his own book, “The Samson Option”, but failed to push the envelope on just how bitter, explosive and devastating this spat was. Nor would he ever dare go to the lengths Piper went to. And it’s not because he can’t, but because he won’t due to his closeted attachment to the usurping Jewish entity.

In the final analysis, it is imperative to note that Zionist subversives like Hersh are the ones who do the most damage to our cause and our discourse. Even Hersh’s widely quoted piece “The Redirection”, which speaks of US-Saudi-‘Israeli’ backing of Takfiris to break the Resistance Axis, renders the ‘Israelis’ to a background role, basically just one more cog in the ‘imperial’ machine, when the training of gangster-like proxies and fueling ethno-communal terror to balkanize our region is Zionist in origin going back to Oded Yinon’s 1982 plan on paper and the relationship with the Kurdish Barzani family since the 1950s in praxis. Besides, why do we need an Ashkenazi Jew to tell us what Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei and leaders of the Iraqi Mouqawamah had been telling us for months and years prior to the release of Hersh’s piece?

Such persons infiltrate our ranks directly in the role of “activists” or indirectly by becoming hero-worshiped as “investigative journalists” and may drop a nugget here or a nugget there from time to time as a way of gaining our trust and getting us to hang on their every word.

But when it comes down to what really matters, i.e. exposing ‘Israel’ as the hegemon which wants to crush all forms of Resistance and which is behind every single drop of chaos from the Nile to Euphrates and beyond, not to mention its global machinations and intrigues as well, these interlopers don’t just run away but attempt to convince us we’re being delusional, off-base, unread or “anti-Semitic”.

Seymour Hersh is a sneaky, sneaky Zionist subversive and shilling for ‘Israel’ on the issues of Syria, Iraq, 9/11 and the JFK murder is what he does best.

Time to stop treating him like our friend and our ally… ‘Cause he damn sure ain’t.


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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 19: Author Seymour Hersh talks to a reader after a book discussion September 19, 2004 in Washington, DC. Hersh talked about his new book "Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Seymour Hersh to Al-Ahed: Syrian Army Winning War, Al-Assad to Stay in Office

Ali Rizk
Renowned investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has told Al-Ahed that the Obama’s administration’s approach towards the conflict in Syria is “nonsense”, as Obama continues to act as if there is a serious chance that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad could be forced out of office.

Seymour Hersh to Al-Ahed: Syrian Army Winning War, Al-Assad to Stay in Office

In an exclusive interview with al-Ahed, Hersh, who recently released his new book: “The Killing of Osama bin Laden”, said that the Obama administration continues to insist that president al-Assad leave power despite the fact that all the evidence shows that the Syrian army is winning the war.

Hersh also asserted that there was no evidence showing that Washington was pressuring its Saudi ally to stop arming so called “moderate opposition groups” in Syria.

He further added that the American policy of arming such groups is continuing.

In parallel, the American journalist also emphasized that he had heard information of al-Nusra front gaining possession of a tank which had come from Lebanon.

On the topic of Osama bin Laden’s killing, Hersh stated that the Saudi government paid Pakistan millions of dollars in order not to reveal the whereabouts of Bin Laden.

[In his book, Hersh says that Pakistan actually captured Bin Laden and placed him under house arrest before the Americans discovered where he was being held and subsequently went ahead and killed him].

Below is the interview:

Al-Ahed: Is it safe to say according to your knowledge that Hilary Clinton personally approved sending Sarin gas to armed groups fighting the Syrian government, with the aim of a false flag attack to justify US military intervention in Syria?

Hersh: I have no information linking Hillary Clinton to the approval of sarin gas shipments to the war zone, nor do I believe that there actually was any sarin in the Libyan arsenal…some of the chemical precursors, perhaps, but I just do not know.

Al-Ahed: What will US policy towards Syria look like [how do you anticipate it to be] if Clinton were to become president, especially given the fact that she was very close to David Petraeus and supported his recommendations regarding sending arms to Syria?

Hersh: Impossible to predict the future. What I can say is that at this point it is clear that the Obama administration continues to insist that Bashar al-Assad must go when all of the evidences shows that, with the help of Russia, Iran and Hizbullah, the Syrian army is winning the war…and Bashar will stay in office.

Al-Ahed: You have stated in your book that president Obama originally wanted to remove al-Assad, do you think that he now has a different view and does Obama now understand the danger of supporting the armed groups opposed to al-Assad?

Hersh: It does not matter what I, or anyone, thinks. What matters now is that Obama continues to act as if there is a serious chance that Bashar can be forced out of office… which is nonsense.

Al-Ahed: You have mentioned that Saudi Arabia continues to ramp up support for extremist groups in Syria, what is it that is stopping the Obama administration from putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to stop arming extremist groups in Syria?

Hersh: There is no evidence that the Obama administration is pressuring the Saudis to stop its support for the nonexistent ‘moderate’ opposition forces in Syria. The American policy of supplying arms to the “rebel opposition” is continuing.

Al-Ahed: Regarding the topic of Saudi financial assistance to Pakistan in exchange for Islamabad not disclosing the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden to the Americans, do you know for a fact that Riyadh was afraid of what Bin Laden would have revealed about his connections with Saudi officials had he been interrogated while in US custody?

Hersh: All I know is that the Saudi government paid the Pakistani military leadership many many millions of dollars to keep quiet about the capture and imprisonment of Osama bin laden.

However, it is hard not to conclude that the Saudi goal was to keep the US from interviewing Bin Laden about who financed him and why in the days before the 9/11 attacks in America. It is still not clear to my friends inside the government who did what in those attacks. Was it really bin laden, or perhaps Mohammed Atta and his colleagues in Hamburg? Just a mystery.

In separate remarks as part of an informal discussion with al-Ahed [after the Q and A], Hersh said he had heard information that al-Nusra in Syria has gotten possession of a military tank which came from Lebanon. He also remarked that the US “loves endless wars which we can’t win” and that the “oil” factor is the major reason which prevents the US from exerting real pressure on Saudi Arabia.

Source: al-Ahed News, Translated and Edited by website team

07-05-2016 | 12:24

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