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US secretly backs rebels to fight al Qaeda in Syria
Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:20PM GMT 21 Jan 2014 | Ruth Sherlock

Posted on 01/21/2014 12:44:45 PM PST by Olog-hai

The United States and Gulf countries have been secretly backing efforts by opposition rebels to destroy al-Qaeda’s most extreme wing in Syria, diplomats and rebels involved in the plan have told The Telegraph.

As Western leaders publicly push the Syrian regime and the opposition to the Geneva II peace conference that begins Wednesday Washington has also been quietly supporting moves by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to give weapons and cash to rebel groups to fight al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) in Syria.

One source said the US was itself handing out millions of dollars to rebel groups best equipped to take on the extremists while another confirmed America was providing non-lethal aid.

The development marks a new phase in the conflict, with international backers working directly with rebel commanders to target al-Qaeda cells, who are seen as a major threat by Western intelligence agencies. …

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
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1 posted on 01/21/2014 12:44:45 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

But I thought the left told us it was not possible to support one set of rebels vs another? (Afghanistan) To support the rebels is to support Al Quida right?


2 posted on 01/21/2014 12:46:33 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Olog-hai

I don’t believe this story. Saudi Arabia is interested in defeating the Shiites and the Iranian influence, not al Qaeda. And Obama certainly has no interest in fighting al Qaeda.

Yes, plenty of American weapons and money going in there, but I’ll bet it’s all going to terrorists, just like it did in Egypt and Libya.


3 posted on 01/21/2014 12:47:29 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Olog-hai

WAR CRIMES! WAR CRIMES!

Oh wait, the Left no longer acknowledges we are even still at war.

Syrian rebels accidentally decapitate the wrong man, ask for public for ‘understanding and forgivene
nationalpost ^ | | November 15, 2013 | Richard Spencer,
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3113402/posts


4 posted on 01/21/2014 12:48:44 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

They’ve even dropped the phrase “overseas contingency operation”.


5 posted on 01/21/2014 12:51:28 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Can’t we just stay home??


6 posted on 01/21/2014 12:56:21 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Cicero
Good Point... Kind of like the WWII "Uncle Joe" propaganda in England and the US to make Stalin more palatable to the public.

I would also add that some adovacate defeat Iran/Shiite/Shia now and worry about al Qaeda later..

7 posted on 01/21/2014 1:01:43 PM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Olog-hai

So NOW we’re threading the needle, fighting Assad, but ALSO fighting “the REALLY bad guys” fighting Assad.

Who really believes we can really skate along that knife edge? This will get complicated very, very quickly. This is not like a cock-and-bull session in the faculty lounge.

My guess is this will anger Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Syria —all three equally at the same time.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 1:03:58 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Olog-hai
US secretly backs rebels to fight al Qaeda in Syria

Oooh goodie, now we can double secretly back the Saudis by having our military fight as mercs for them so no Saudi Muslims need die. After all, the Saudi bribes to the American left and RINOs are good.

For the disabled veterans, not so much.

9 posted on 01/21/2014 1:21:51 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Olog-hai

Uh I think the rebels are Al Quaeda. Or heavily infiltrated with them.


10 posted on 01/21/2014 1:22:26 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Olog-hai

My guess all along was that Benghazi was a CIA Black Op to funnel guns from Libya to Syrian rebels...that is why all these cockamamie cover stories and videos that no one saw. Cause Hillary did not want to admit this was not diplomacy but more like Iran Contra and we know how that went.
Freegards
LEX


11 posted on 01/21/2014 1:24:10 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Olog-hai

What’s new? The CIA has been secretly funding Extremists like Al-kada since Jimmy Carter in ‘79.


12 posted on 01/21/2014 1:26:01 PM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: miliantnutcase

Wait a minute??? So we are helping those killing McLame’s buddy terrorists?????


13 posted on 01/21/2014 1:32:53 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Olog-hai

Steaming pile of dung alert.

14 posted on 01/21/2014 1:37:15 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Olog-hai

Who are the rebels going to use the weapons on after they defeat al Qaeda?


15 posted on 01/21/2014 1:38:54 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Olog-hai

Now, are we supporting the Varsity or Junior Varsity Al Qaeda?


16 posted on 01/21/2014 1:51:27 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Olog-hai

Lets rephrase that, obamma secretly backs al queda.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 2:00:47 PM PST by aces (Jesus Saves not Society)
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To: Olog-hai; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Assad would have been smoking in Hell by now if Zero had sent something besides non-lethal aid a few years back, right after Assad started gunning people down and the FSA self-organized. Instead, the jihadist supporters in the OPEC states grabbed the reins, and have been fighting it out ever since. Frankly, a failed state in a constant state of civil war — basically, a larger version of Lebanon — is and has been for years the best possible outcome.


18 posted on 01/21/2014 5:13:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: icwhatudo; Cicero; Olog-hai
The story is bull. What is happening is that the rebels are fighting ISIS which has a different idea from them. the ISIS idea is to have a separate Emirate in the Euphrates valley: Eastern Syria and Western Iraq

The other al Qa group, al-Nusrat front, wants just Syria and the OTHER jihadi groups have different ideas

It's just one extremist arguing with another. all of them are enemies.

19 posted on 01/21/2014 11:32:51 PM PST by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: 11th Commandment; Cicero

In the end Stalin was a lot more bloodthirsty than Hitler. both were monsters, but Stalin won the “who can kill more” competition


20 posted on 01/21/2014 11:33:49 PM PST by Cronos (Obama’s dislike of Assad is not based on Assad’s brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: Cronos

Thanks for the info-I got more from your post than a typical NYTimes article~!


21 posted on 01/22/2014 6:24:35 AM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

posted Jan 21. Related:

> For three years, leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army complain, they have pleaded for increased military aid and humanitarian corridors to protect against government airstrikes — more than 2,000 in the past three months in Aleppo alone — that have killed and displaced countless Syrian civilians. They have received only a modest response, even recently as they battle ISIS.

Dual Threat Has Mainstream Syrian Rebels Fearing Demise
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/16/world/middleeast/syria-bashar-assad-aleppo-rebels-isis.html?_r=1


22 posted on 08/24/2014 8:20:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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