Skip to comments.US, Turkey realize al-Qaeda threat in Syria – a bit late
Posted on 02/01/2014 4:36:19 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
The diplomatic solution to the ongoing Syrian civil war made baby steps last week while the government and opposition have at least managed to hold face-to-face talks last week and agreed to discuss the so-called Geneva Communique - a blueprint for a transition period and eventually for peace in the country.
While the Syrian governments acknowledgement of the U.N.-backed Geneva Communique would count as success for a negotiated solution, hopes are slim that the two sides would make significant progress in the second round of talks. Even if they would, its effect on the ground is highly doubtful, since the real war has been nearly overtaken by al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria.
The Syrian government has been voicing terrorism concerns since the start of the war. It includes the Western-backed moderate anti-regime forces in its terrorism threat, thus its warnings have fallen on the deaf ears.
Apparently, not anymore. Two intelligence reports penned by the U.S. and Turkish intelligence separately have pointed out the rising al-Qaeda threat in the country, particularly areas bordering Turkey. While the American officials are expecting an attack on the United States by foreign militants trained by al-Qaeda in Syria, their Turkish counterparts also have a similar fear that al-Qaedas Syrian arm would launch attacks on the Turkish soil with trucks passing through the border. A recent attack by the Turkish military was also the crystallization of these fears.
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Whats keeping the Syrian army from doing it? I would have thought this would have been over awhile back.
Civil wars are a HUGE no-win for any country. I remember studying ours and it was TOO sad for me to continue. I was a history major (American/European history) in college and our Civil War was JUST too sad, demoralizing and destructive to study.
Syrians know that too. I imagine that they have had ENOUGH of it for a while and are pretty desperate for SOME kind of relief. I LOVED Damascus. I remember buying two gorgeous DAMASK table cloths there...beautiful, intricate embroidery. WHAT a terrible shame!! NO ONE, country, leaders, army, no one deserves a civil war. Damascus must be a RUIN by now. What a beautiful city it was!!
Ditto for Beirut. Of course at one time Christians ran Lebanon.
You are 100% correct.
Lebanon (Lubnan, when written) was consider the PEARL of the middle east...a BEAUTIFUL city. My mother got to see it in 1970, before its destruction.
That was a crime against humanity, I think.
Over a thousand killed in Syria last week while Ketchup Kerry listened to himself flap his gums.