By Anthony Melé
According to Reuters and A.P. field reports and the New York Times, the United States support of rebels in Syria is directly benefitting the Al Nusra Front, which is allied with Al-Qaeda.
In fact, Al Nusra has become the de facto leaders of the entire rebel movement, international news media accounts indicate. Moaaz Al-Khateeb, the US designated leader of the Syrian opposition groups has said the US made a “grave mistake” listing Al-Nusra as a terrorist group. He called the jihadis the backbone of the rebellion.
Social media updates streaming in from Syrian youth reporters, confirm the atrocities being perpetrated against the Syrian civilian population by jihadis. The American situation in Syria and indeed the entire region has turned into a dangerous conundrum, or worse.
According to White House correspondent, Neil Munroe; ”[It’s] a risky policy, because the administration has inadvertently helped jihadi-allied Islamist groups gain weapons and power in Libya, Egypt and Mali.”
It is further reported in an Arab news agency that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia released jihadi prisoners arrested for attacks within the Kingdom, offering clemency if they direct their jihad against Syria.
IDs found on dead “rebels,” confirm their nationalities as Chechens, Somalis, Saudis, Libyans, and others.
White House Spokesman Jay Carney has tried to back away from the Al-Nusra group after news reports made public their Al-Qaeda affiliations, but the blowback from the other groups was less than helpful.
Ruth Sherlock, reporting for the British Daily Telegraph reports; “Syrian rebels defy US and pledge allegiance to Jihadi group.” In a statement issued by 29 US backed Syrian “rebel” groups embracing the Al-Qaeda group openly state:
“These are the men for the people of Syria, these are the heroes who belong to us in religion, in blood and in revolution,” in a statement widely circulated on Syrian opposition Facebook pages.
A total of 29 opposition groups, including fighting “brigades” and civilian committees, have signed a petition calling for mass demonstrations in support of Jabhat al-Nusra. The petition is promoting the slogan “No to American intervention, for we are all Jabhat al-Nusra” and urges supporters to “raise the Jabhat al-Nusra flag” as a “thank you.”
The phenomenon of social networking provides instant video, photos and reporting by the Syrian street who share the atrocities perpetrated by Al-Nusra.
They openly question the US policy that would have them believe a secular, elected president that enjoys tribal loyalty, with opposition seats in parliament, needs to be replaced by a Western-backed, Wahabbi-funded Gulf-state monarch.
The Russian Foreign Minister publicly stated it was Al-Nusra that perpetrated the chemical attack against the Syrian population. The White House commented that all reports identifying the Assad Regime or Al-Nusra as the culprits were unconfirmed.
Al Nusra has stated they received a “fatwa” or religious permission to use chemical weapons and commit acts of rape and murder in their “jihad.”
Foreign analysts in the know believe a chemical attack by the Assad Regime is a low or nil probability because the Assad chemical arsenal is under stringent control and any attack against his own people would be his undoing. His support from his commanders and soldiers would evaporate.
The Syrian Army is motivated by fighting for their Allawite tribe, family and country repelling the “jihadi invasion, manipulated by Gulf-state monarchs, the US, France and Britain.”
The ploy of a chemical attack perpetrated by the ‘jihadis’ to frame the Assad regime in the Western Media to comport with the White House narrative is the most likely scenario according to conventional wisdom. The Syrian street believes that the chemical attacks were perpetrated by the foreign fighters in cooperation with the Americans.
There are an estimated 290 jihadist groups representing over 29 countries pouring into Syria to wage jihad, all supported overtly or covertly, even inadvertently, by the Obama Administration.
US foreign policy has created quite the conundrum. The White House endorsed Syrian “rebels” and the “rebels” have endorsed Al-Qaeda-backed Al-Nusra.
Secretary of State Kerry has openly pledged millions of dollars and covert military support to them. Congressman Eliot Engel has proposed a bill to provide lethal weapons to them as well.
US foreign policy has registered unintended outcomes in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Mali over the past several years, and Syria’s trajectory is moving along the same path.