An email from Reva Bhalla, Director of Analysis for the Texas-based “intelligence provider” Stratfor Corporation, described a plan being formulated by NATO and the United States to commit terrorist attacks in Syria in an effort to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
The email, released as part of the Wikileaks Stratfor dump, includes details of a joint strategic meeting which took place at the Pentagon on December 6, 2011, and included at least one representative from both the UK and France.
Bhalla was informed by those present that, media reports to the contrary, US Special Forces commandos were already on the ground in Syria, attempting to “commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite forces [Assad’s support base], elicit collapse from within.”
The email records that:
After a couple hours of talking, they said without saying that SOF teams (presumably from US, UK, France, Jordan, Turkey) are already on the ground focused on [reconnaissance] missions and training opposition forces.
The idea of western troops engaging in covert, terrorist activities aimed at regime change is not new. Just last month it was revealed that the state of Israel has been murdering Iranian scientists who dare to participate in their state’s fledgling nuclear program.
The plan revealed in the Bhalla email has received unexpected confirmation in the last few days.
On March 8th, it was revealed that the Syrian government had taken control of Baba Amro, a town near the northern Lebanese border. During the town’s capture, roughly 700 Arab and western fighters had surrendered to the national army. Salim Harba, a Syrian strategic affairs analyst, described their nationalities:
“…the captured gunmen held Arab nationalities, including Gulf, Iraqi, and Lebanese… among them were also Qatari intelligence agents and non-Arab fighters from Afghanistan, Turkey, and some European countries like France.”
Harba went on to say that an enormous cache of weaponry was discovered to be in the possession of the gunmen, including “advanced Israeli, European, and American arms that have not yet been tested in the countries of manufacture, in addition to Israeli grenades, night binoculars, and communication systems were confiscated by the security forces.”
Commenting specifically on the involvement of the government of Qatar, and its cooperation with western powers, Harba stated that a coordination office had been established in Qatar under the sponsorship of the American government. He stated:
“The office includes American, French, and Gulf –specifically from Qatar and Saudi Arabia- intelligence agents, as well as CIA, Mossad, and Blackwater agents and members of the Syrian Transitional Council. Qatar has also made deals with Israeli and American companies to arm the armed groups, and Gulf countries have been financing the agreements.”
Harba went on to state that the Syrian government had recovered documents that “could harm everyone who conspired against Syria, and could make a security and political change, not just on the internal Syrian level, but also on the regional level.”
Qatar’s involvement would seem to be substantiated by the bias against Syria demonstrated by the once-reliable, Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network over the past few months. Allegations of falsifying information and stifling the freedom of the press are rampant, and numerous employees of the news network have resigned in protest:
Last April, its Beirut chief and popular host Ghassan Bin Jiddo resigned. Others remaining at the time criticized AJ’s biased/falsified reporting, especially on Libya, Bahrain, Syria, and elsewhere in the region.
Last September, top AJ executive Wadah Khanfar quit after eight years heading its satellite news operation. In 2003, he became managing director, then later made director general.
Qatar royal family member Sheikh Hamad Ben Jassem Al-Thani replaced him. He formerly chaired its board with veto power over program content. Now directing programming assures compromised coverage lacking credibility. AJ’s fall from grace hit bottom. Khanfar had enough and quit. He wasn’t the last to go.
On March 12, Russia Today said AJ again lost staff over biased reporting. Beirut staff members resigned over falsified Syria reporting.
Last week, managing director Hassan Shaaban, correspondent Ali Hashem, and a producer quit. The Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar said Hashem left because AJ “refused to show photos he had taken of armed fighters clashing with the Syrian army in Wadi Khaled.”
Meanwhile, the United States is striving to maintain the image of dispassionate observer. In recent months, Danny Abdul Dayem or “Syria Danny” as he’s come to be known, has been flying between Syria, the UK and North America in an attempt to drum up support for a full-scale military invasion of Syria.
Responding to a question on CNN regarding a possible United States invasion of Syria, Danny said, “They can help, we’ll take help from anyone, Israel, we don’t care…this regime needs to be threatened, it needs to be attacked…[the only way to stop Assad is] an attack, an army attack, a no fly zone, that the UN hit all our air bases.”
Numerous websites and independent journalists have speculated that Danny might simply be an operative working on behalf of the U.S. government, in an attempt to build popular support for military action in Syria.
A recent scandal revolving around Danny and an interview he gave on Anderson Cooper 360 has only added fuel to that fire.
Danny, who was preparing to make an appearance on the popular evening news program, was caught on microphone planning to coordinate the sounds of gunfire and explosions with his interview. He is overheard stating “Well, let the gunfire sound, then,” and subsequently addressing someone off camera: “Did you tell him to get the gunfire ready?”
When questioned regarding the incident, Danny responded (via his Twitter page) that it was all an elaborate plot to discredit him, consisting of “camera tricks by the Assad regime helped by Russians.”
You can’t make this stuff up. Or, maybe you can.
We seem to be walking the same path in Syria that we did in Libya. Something rarely commented upon is that in Libya and now in Syria, the U.S. has been fighting alongside Al-Qaeda in the push towards regime change.
Immediately following the downfall of Gaddafi, the black flag of Al-Qaeda was flown above the courthouse in Benghazi. And now, in Syria, the leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has heartily endorsed the overthrow of Assad and has asked all Arab people to assist anti-government elements in whatever way they can: “life, money, opinion, as well as information.”