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West embargoes arms to Syrian rebels over their resale to al Qaeda
Debka File ^ | March 30th, 2013

Posted on 03/30/2013 8:51:02 PM PDT by Mount Athos

The Western arms pipeline to the Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad is starting to run dry since the discovery that some of the weapons are being resold and used by al Qaeda in its conquest of southern Syrian and takeover of positions on the Jordanian and Israel borders.

French President Francois Hollande for this reason reversed his government’s policy. “We will not do it [send the Syrian rebel arms] as long as we cannot be certain that there is complete control of the situation by the opposition,” he said Friday, March 29.

That day too, Ankara announced that Turkish authorities had impounded 5,000 shotguns, rifles, starting pistols, gunstocks and 10,000 cartridges in the village of Akcakale before they were sent across into Syria.

debkafile’s military sources: These steps are effectively putting in place a Western embargo on arms supplies to the Syrian rebels and not only the Assad regime. Saudi Arabia and Qatar remain their only sources of weapons.

This follows information reaching Washington, Paris, Ankara and Jerusalem in recent weeks that parts of the weapons consignments destined for the Syrian rebels, especially the Free Syrian Army, are being resold to Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamist militia which this week proclaimed itself al Qaeda of Syria amid a major offensive for the occupation of southern Syria.

The aggressive Al Qaeda push has in fact swept beyond the important plans finalized last week for a US-led campaign to combat the Syrian chemical weapons threat. Two weeks ago, high-resolution maps were spread out in Jerusalem, Ankara and Amman, marking out zones inside Syria for their armies’ operations under the joint command centers the US set up last year in the three countries for combating chemical warfare.

Those plans and centers switched over last week to operational mode. Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu made an unconvincing attempt to separate the Turkish-Israeli reconciliation from the Syrian issue. However, the fact remains that it was Barack Obama, during his trip to the region on March 20-22, who brought Turkey together with Israel and Jordan for the first joint operation in history on the soil of an Arab nation under US command.

This week, the region finds itself caught up by a menace more immediate even than a chemical war:

Scarcely noticed by the world and Israeli media (busy celebrating the Passover festival), Jabhat al Nusra is about to overrun southern Syria.

Using Western- and Arab-supplied arms smuggled in for the Syrian rebels from Turkey and Lebanon, the jihadists are taking up positions on the Israeli and Jordanian borders while also assuming control over the Yarmouk River and its tributaries. Water in the Middle East has caused the outbreak of more than one armed conflict. And indeed 50 years ago, Israel and Syria fought a war, including aerial dogfights, to dominate that same Yarmouk River. The dispute was finally resolved when the United States stepped in and brokered an agreement for the distribution of its waters among Syria, Israel and Jordan.

Alarm over Nusra Front territorial gains has accordingly taken precedence over the chemical threat in the deliberations of the joint US-Israeli, US-Jordanian and US-Turkish command centers.

Al Qaeda’s Syrian wing has even been able to obtain from Iraqi jihadists its own stock of primitive chemicals - but weapons nonetheless.

The West hesitated too long before cutting off the supply of arms to the Syria rebels; it is already too late to prevent al Qaeda occupying international border regions and seizing control of an important regional water source. Dislodging them would call for a military offensive proper - which seems to be the rationale for the large military field hospital Israeli set up this week on its Golan border with Syria.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaida; arabsrping; benghazi; benghazigate; benghaziweapons; debkasucks; france; israel; lebanon; muslimbrotherhood; obamasfault; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; russia; syria; syriarebels; turkey; waronterror
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1 posted on 03/30/2013 8:51:02 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

Impeachment File on Benghazi Coward B. Hussein Obama.


2 posted on 03/30/2013 8:58:32 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Mount Athos

How come damn near every one at FR called this shot yet it escaped Obama ?


3 posted on 03/30/2013 8:59:49 PM PDT by stylin19a (obama - Fredo smart)
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To: Mount Athos

No good guys here.

It’s sort of like the Libya situation. The rebels are no better than the government forces.

It’s unlike Egypt where the government of Mubarak, no matter how repressive, was better than than current one run by the Muslim Brotherhood.


4 posted on 03/30/2013 9:01:56 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Mount Athos
Why is this a surprise after events like the Fast and the Furious and the Benghazi murders? If anyone else has noticed, the common item in all these events is OBAMA!!!
5 posted on 03/30/2013 9:01:58 PM PDT by Nitehawk0325 (All praise King Obama and bend over backwards for him.)
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To: Mount Athos
I shudder to think of the finely nuanced response to this question that will issue from Faggy Bottom under the valiant leadership of John Merde Pour Des Cerveaux Kerry!

Do I need a sarc tag? I think not!



Where are the survivors of the massacre at Benghazi? The silence of the Obama Regime on this question is deafening!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

6 posted on 03/30/2013 9:04:21 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Graewoulf
So, Amb. Chris Stevens died running guns to al-Qaeda.
7 posted on 03/30/2013 9:04:24 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Mount Athos
This faux attempt at 'plausible deniability'
is simply 'too little, too late'.

"When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt,
but protects the corrupt from you
- you know your nation is doomed."

-Ayn Rand


8 posted on 03/30/2013 9:04:48 PM PDT by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: stylin19a

The Pretender can’t be bothered...he was golfing and at a NCAA game today. His “family” was on yet another vavay. Pay your taxes...that’s all.


9 posted on 03/30/2013 9:06:00 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: okie01

I suspect that Ambassador Stevens had discovered that Holder and Obama had a fast and furious gun trade racket going with some entity.

Thus, the entire Benghazi operation had to be destroyed or silenced, until after the Election.

Then the Obamanation Liberal Media could work their magic on the gullible Obamanation zombies.

Time to Impeach Obama “so we can find out what” he did.


10 posted on 03/30/2013 9:15:00 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf
I suspect that Ambassador Stevens had discovered that Holder and Obama had a fast and furious gun trade racket going with some entity.

Thus, the entire Benghazi operation had to be destroyed or silenced, until after the Election.

It seems certain that the Benghazi affair probably did involve gunrunning -- probably to the Syrian rebels.

But, let's face it, that would not have been a big deal. we were already publicly supporting the Syrian rebels, giving them money -- so they could buy weapons.zx

And, had it become known we were actually running guns to the rebels without Congressional approval, the Reagan and Iran-Contra defense would've been mounted immediately.

In the end, there would not have been a meaningful political price to be paid.

That's why I believe there was something else going on. Something far more sinister and inimical to American interests. Something that would have exacted a high political price.

The fact that even now, nobody is talking about it, there aren't even any rumors circulating, tells us that the lid is on tight. The rescued are still being held incommunicado...and nobody knows where they are or even who they are. Something so terrible was going on that the administration doesn't want anybody to know about it.

Whatever it was, Benghazi was said to be "Brennan's Show", so he was probably behind it.

But that's where my speculation ends...

11 posted on 03/30/2013 9:33:48 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: okie01; Graewoulf

okie01 ~: “So, Amb. Chris Stevens died running guns to al-Qaeda. “

Was there any question why all this information had to remain quiet until AFTER the election ?
We knew days after the Benghazi attack ( that wasn’t being called an attack)
That the mainstream media remained quiet about the attack,
and remain complicit by their continued silence..
and contiue to remain silent about the other +30 Benghazi survivors
And that the administration and the Sect. of State continue to hide the identities and locations of these survivors.


12 posted on 03/30/2013 9:41:40 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” - Ronald Reagan)
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To: MestaMachine; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; ...

13 posted on 03/30/2013 9:43:53 PM PDT by thouworm (DEMOGOGUE: leader who makes use of prejudices, false claims and promises to gain power.)
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To: stylin19a

Because he knew it would happen.


14 posted on 03/30/2013 9:50:20 PM PDT by FreedomStar3028
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To: Mount Athos

Note - 21,000 MANPADS were loosed onto the world blackmarket when Khaddafi fell.

Reagan gave him a good reason to fear US aircraft, right? So he had TONS of them.

TWENTY ONE THOUSAND.


15 posted on 03/30/2013 9:51:18 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Mount Athos

Hussein has already shipped them hundreds of millions of dollars and continues to. What BS.


16 posted on 03/30/2013 10:22:14 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.b)
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To: stylin19a

It doesn’t and never did escape him.


17 posted on 03/30/2013 10:23:20 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.b)
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To: Nachum

Benghazi ping


19 posted on 03/30/2013 10:40:04 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Gene Eric

I like Debka, but I think I will wait for another source before moving on this.


20 posted on 03/30/2013 10:41:28 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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