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Assad says West will pay for backing al Qaeda in Syria
Reuters ^ | Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | Dominic Evans and Mariam Karouny; Editing by Jon Hemming

Posted on 04/20/2013 5:32:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Western nations will suffer the consequences for what he said was their support for al Qaeda militants in his country's civil war.

"The West has paid heavily for funding al Qaeda in its early stages in Afghanistan. Today it is supporting it in Syria, Libya and other places, and will pay a heavy price later in the heart of Europe and the United States," he told Syrian television channel al-Ikhbariya, according to extracts published on the Syrian presidency's Facebook page on Wednesday.

Assad was speaking a week after Syria's rebel al-Nusra Front, one of the most effective rebel forces battling his troops, formally pledged allegiance to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

The United States has designated the Nusra Front a terrorist organization and the presence of militant Islamists in Syria's two-year conflict poses a quandary for Western powers who favor Assad's overthrow, but are alarmed at the growing influence of the Islamists in Syria.

"The truth is, what is happening is that we are mainly facing extremist forces," Assad said in the interview.

The United Nations says more than 70,000 people have been killed in Syria's conflict, which started as mainly peaceful protests two years ago but has evolved into a civil war.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Israel; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; alnusrafront; alqaeda; alqaedasyria; assad; bho44; bhomiddleeast; husseinobama; israel; libya; muslimworld; russia; syria; syriaalqaeda; syriawar; waronterror
"The West has paid heavily for funding al Qaeda in its early stages in Afghanistan. Today it is supporting it in Syria, Libya and other places, and will pay a heavy price later in the heart of Europe and the United States"

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1 posted on 04/20/2013 5:32:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
"The West has paid heavily for funding al Qaeda in its early stages in Afghanistan. Today it is supporting it in Syria, Libya and other places, and will pay a heavy price later in the heart of Europe and the United States"
IOW, the same line of BS one can read on any anti-US site.


2 posted on 04/20/2013 5:33:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s hard for me to decide which side is less dirty...the lesser of two evils.


3 posted on 04/20/2013 5:36:28 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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br>Paranoid conspiracy 'theories' predominate in Islamic political mythology.
4 posted on 04/20/2013 5:39:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv
IOW, the same line of BS one can read on any anti-US site.

OOOOOOHHHH! Like THIS one????

whitehouse.gov

5 posted on 04/20/2013 5:39:29 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: SunkenCiv

Assad is not threatening us, he’s warning us. And he is right. Backing the rebels in Syria is the dumbest thing Obama has done yet.


6 posted on 04/20/2013 5:40:42 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: SunkenCiv

Ok, I suggest offering up Obama as a down payment.


7 posted on 04/20/2013 5:41:30 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Yeah, like anyone would take him. ;’)


8 posted on 04/20/2013 5:43:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Horsesh!t.


9 posted on 04/20/2013 5:44:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I agree with Assad.

Are or are we not at war with Al-queda. We can’t play this both ways and win.


10 posted on 04/20/2013 5:45:45 PM PDT by EBH (Warning this person is a Catholic, Tea Party Patriot, and owns a copy of Atlas Shurgged)
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To: bigheadfred

;’)

Al-Qaeda isn’t now nor has it ever been supported by the US, under Carter, Reagan, Bush, or Clinton.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Qaeda

[snip] Al-Qaeda... is a global militant Islamist organization founded by Osama bin Laden at some point between August 1988[20] and late 1989, with its origins being traceable to the Soviet War in Afghanistan... Some financing for al-Qaeda in the 1990s came from the personal wealth of Osama bin Laden. By 2001 Afghanistan had become politically complex and mired. With many financial sources for al-Qaeda Bin Laden’s financing role may have become comparatively minor. Sources in 2001 could also have included Jamaa Al-Islamiyya and Islamic Jihad, both associated with Afghan-based Egyptians. Other sources of income in 2001 included the heroin trade and donations from supporters in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries. A WikiLeaks released memo from the United States Secretary of State sent in 2009 asserted that the primary source of funding of Sunni terrorist groups worldwide was Saudi Arabia. [/snip]


11 posted on 04/20/2013 5:48:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Sadly yes. For those who have forgotten the disaster of the Libyan “liberation”.

Qadaffi warned us as well.


12 posted on 04/20/2013 5:48:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

You get the Muslim Brotherhood in charge in Syria with their al-Qaeda fellow travelers, people will soon be nostalgic for the days of Assad. And Obama is trying to help bring it all about.


13 posted on 04/20/2013 5:49:28 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Jim Robinson

obama isn’t worth a shi’ite


14 posted on 04/20/2013 5:50:09 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Jim Robinson

0 did the same thing in Lybia it bit us!
0 is doing the same thing in South Africa!
Also mentioned making deals in Aghanastan.
Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood is nothing more than a gang of terrorists!
Now Syria! 0 has accomplished what no one has in a long time.
Threw 3 countries to Rebels that are true terrorists and will rule those countries with terror!
0 has defeated Freedom in the American sense of the word!
OBUMMERS idea of Freedom is Shari Law!
Comming soon to a country you know and love!


15 posted on 04/20/2013 5:50:17 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Jim Robinson

I’m willing to trade Obama for King Abdulla of Jordan but Israel might consider it an act of war.


16 posted on 04/20/2013 5:52:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Assad is correct.


17 posted on 04/20/2013 5:53:06 PM PDT by sport
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To: SunkenCiv

Didnt this guy get assasinated by his Iranian bodyguard a few weeks ago.


18 posted on 04/20/2013 5:54:29 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: SunkenCiv; Colonel Kangaroo; Jim Robinson; cripplecreek; bigheadfred

why cant we Christians and Jews just “claim” to be outcast sects of the islam and then we could wipe out all the rest because it would just be moslem on moslem and what difference does it make cause no one would care and yes i sent this to myself too..


19 posted on 04/20/2013 5:59:37 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

Sometimes I think we should just step aside in that part of the world and let settle their differences, fighting it out among themselves.


20 posted on 04/20/2013 6:17:07 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Delta 21
Didn't this guy get assassinated by his Iranian bodyguard a few weeks ago.

Of course he was...it was on the internet after all...this is his body double / S

21 posted on 04/20/2013 6:17:27 PM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Assad is not attacking the United States here. He is merely telling the truth.

We are supporting Al Quaeda against him and we will pay for it with more Muslim attacks from Al Quaeda as they grow stronger.


22 posted on 04/20/2013 6:19:43 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Gay State Conservative
It’s hard for me to decide which side is less dirty...the lesser of two evils.

It's easy. Just check to see what side the Traitor In Chief is on and pick the other side.

The "rebels" are islamic radicals, associated with the muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaida. I have no love for Assad but he is the one that we should be supporting in this. Just look to Libya and Egypt for examples.

23 posted on 04/20/2013 6:22:52 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

“”Assad is not threatening us, he’s warning us. And he is right””

AND Kerry is promising MORE AID to the rebels but thinks we NEED to know who the rebels are first! Now that’s the best laugh any of us have had all week. He says it’s just a matter of time before Assad goes - didn’t we hear the same thing from Hillary and the bozo? Guess they just handed the play book to Kerry knowing he wouldn’t have a clue!!


24 posted on 04/20/2013 6:27:43 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Dumb? that depends what outcome you want. it is not dumb for Obozo because he wants a Caliphate.

Dangerous for the US? You, bet ya.

Against US interest to back the al-Qaeda rebels? You, bet ya.

Illegal under US law? No sure. If not illegal, should be. Congress should have power to declare war, not POTUS. We should never go to war with a foreign country without declaration.

What about Terrorists? Another can of worms. If they control the country they are in with declaration of war, yep. If not, no real answer.


25 posted on 04/20/2013 6:38:55 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Delta 21

Only his hair dresser really knows.


26 posted on 04/20/2013 6:41:04 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: SunkenCiv

I thought he was dead or almost dead and in ICU somewhere.

I don’t think it’s any coincidence that some Russian Muslims would start blowing things up in the US when the US is messin’ around in Syria. But I’m given to conspiracy theories and can make ‘em up quite readily.


27 posted on 04/20/2013 6:42:25 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Gay State Conservative

Obama, Clinton, and Valerie Jarrett are anti-Assad.

What else do you really need to know?


28 posted on 04/20/2013 6:46:56 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: petitfour

I also thought the North Ko-ree-ans were gonna blow up DC or something. But I guess Barry sent them some $$$$ or something.


29 posted on 04/20/2013 6:49:15 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: SunkenCiv

Assad is probably correct about this. There are really no possible good incomes in most any Middle Eastern, Muslim nations. We’ll have dictators or petty monarchs as mostly in the recent past, or we’ll have radical Islamic fundamentalists bent on installing sharia and spreading the religious ideology.

The dictators and monarchies are probably less problematic for the West and the rest of the world, and for the minorities in those nations. Not much hope for representative democracies and governments that protect individual rights.


30 posted on 04/20/2013 6:56:29 PM PDT by Will88
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To: SunkenCiv

You know who’s responsible for that, don’t you Assad?

You must know Barry’s got lot of unexplained baggage in his past- why didn’t you (as a world leader with a ton of money) do something to expose him?


31 posted on 04/20/2013 7:01:21 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

In this case, Assad is probably correct.


32 posted on 04/20/2013 7:03:53 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: SunkenCiv
Both sides are Islamistic.

Let them duke it out on their own.

33 posted on 04/20/2013 7:55:00 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Conserev1
There are a couple of things missing in your chronology:

GHWB backed the Bosnians and Kosovar Albanians
GW Backed the Kosovar Albanians
Clinton went to war against Serbia to support the Kosovar Albanians

Please note that I do not mean to imply the Serbians are or were angelic bystanders, but for every Serbian atrocity reported, there was a Bosnian and Albanian anti-Serbian, anti-Christian atrocity to match. And today, the Albanian atrocities against the Serbs in Kosovo continue.

It is also hard to be in favor of GW's initial strategies in Iraq after the removal of Saddam.

Obama's pro-islamic policies are exponentially worse, but he does have precedents.

34 posted on 04/21/2013 12:20:47 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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35 posted on 04/21/2013 5:52:23 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Also Reagan supported the Mujahideen in Afghanistan when the Communist was in charge (which was a good thing)...


36 posted on 04/21/2013 6:10:30 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Third Parties are for losers.)
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To: SJackson

Assad is right;

the west will be rewarded, in the negative, for backing the Saudi/MB backed and run putsch to get rid of Assad because of his friendship with Iran, for the sole purpose of replacing Assad with a MB regime friendly to the radical Wahabi clerics of Saudi Arabia - a putsch to oust someone in favor with Shia radicals to replace him with people in favor of Sunni radicals

Assad is right, the west will find it has no dog in that race


37 posted on 04/21/2013 5:51:00 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Venturer

No, Assad’s lying.

We don’t support Al-Qaeda, and we didn’t before this in Afghanistan or Iraq.


38 posted on 04/21/2013 6:33:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: petitfour

Yeah, that was my first thought too. But the emphatic denials from both the jihadists over there and the Russians convinced me it wasn’t so. :’)


39 posted on 04/21/2013 6:37:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Paladin2

That is what is going on right now, and has been for two years. US aid has been food, tents, bandages and such, to address the refugee problem, and no doubt to tape up battle wounds. The only US boots on the ground are training FSA in Jordan, and the FSA isn’t Al-Qaeda or Islamic.


40 posted on 04/21/2013 6:37:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

What about the arms The US and Ben Ghazi sent into the country?


41 posted on 04/21/2013 6:40:01 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kenny Bunk
GHWB backed the Bosnians and Kosovar Albanians
GW Backed the Kosovar Albanians
Clinton went to war against Serbia to support the Kosovar Albanians

100% correct.

I also agree with you about the Serbian situation. They are quite capable of atrocities, but the story we were given was completely one sided, and in no way helpful to the people living in the Balkans.

Some of the Balkans war stories - like the allegations that the Serbs were running "rape camps" were deliberate fabrications.

42 posted on 04/22/2013 12:02:48 AM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: SunkenCiv

You need to look a little deeper.

We certainly are supporting Al Quaeda and sending them weapons.

They may call it the Muslim Brotherhood, but it is Al Quaeda.


43 posted on 04/22/2013 2:29:18 AM PDT by Venturer
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