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BETWEEN JIHADIS IN SYRIA, SOMALIA AND KENYA
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 22, 2013) — Before it became clear that the Obama regime was arming Syrian rebels in the two-year-old civil war, it was reported that the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra had pledged its allegiance to Al Qaeda.
An “adviser” quoted earlier this month by putative Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain, Elizabeth O’Bagy, had stated that Jabhat al-Nusra was not a terrorist organization and, although fluent in Arabic, she claimed that the organization’s Facebook page did not contain jihadist messages. Acts of terror and multiple atrocities have been attributed to members of Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria, with Christians having been targeted in particular.
A detailed account of terrorist attacks over the last 11 months in northern Africa and the Middle East includes the Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, Jabhat al-Nusra, the Pakistani Taliban, Al Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula, and Al Qa’ida.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a brutal attack in an upscale mall in Nairobi on September 21 which has taken the lives of at least 59 people, including relatives of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Both Al-Nusra and Al-Shabaab have pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda, which Obama said was “decimated” last year during the presidential campaign. Al Qaeda plotted and carried out the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, which killed nearly 3,000 people.
O’Bagy was recently terminated as a Wall Street Journal columnist and researcher at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) for misrepresenting her credentials. O’Bagy had subsequently remained the political director at the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), but as of this writing, the website reveals that her photo and title have been removed. The (SETF) takes the side of the Syrian rebels in the civil war, and O’Bagy had openly advocated for the removal from power of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
Obama has repeatedly said that “Assad must go,” as he did with Muommar Gaddafi in Libya and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.
O’Bagy had appeared on national television stating that the rebels did not consist of large factions of terrorists. However, on April 29 of this year, a British report on the Syrian civil war stated that “Sunni fundamentalist groups such as Jabhat al-Nusrah are increasingly important, boosted by support, much of it from the Gulf. Some analysts think that jihadi groups such as this are now more significant than the mainstream Free Syrian Army.”
In a congressional hearing earlier this month, McCain mistakenly asserted that O’Bagy possessed a doctorate degree. Having quoted O’Bagy’s article in The Wall Street Journal, McCain then asked Kerry if he “agreed with Dr. O’Bagy’s assessment,” of the rebels, to which Kerry obediently said, “I agree with most of that. They have changed significantly; they’ve improved, and as I said earlier, the fundamentals of Syria are secular, and I believe, will stay that way.”
McCain also insisted that the rebels would “reject” Islamic influences. However, abundant evidence exists that many embrace Sharia law and install an Islamic government. In February 2012, a report on “The Truth About Syria” blog stated that “The Syrian opposition is mainly dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, and the other parties in the opposition have no real weight. The Syrian Muslim brotherhood inspired by the success of their peers in Egypt and Tunisia are trying nowadays to bring the same negative change.”
Obama supported Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi, who was ejected from power on July 3. Obama has allowed individuals with ties to radical Islam to populate his regime, particularly in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He has praised and indicated support for groups with ties to radical organizations.
Morsi is facing charges of kidnapping, murder, and support of the enemy while in office.
The Daily Caller reported that the SETF is funded by the U.S. State Department. On September 16, Middle East expert Walid Shoebat reported that the one remaining staff member of the SETF has radical ties. Shoebat also reported that The Daily Beast appears to have made attempts to garner sympathy for O’Bagy, who apologized for her “extremely poor judgment” in misstating her professional achievements.
During the Syrian conflict, atrocities have reportedly been committed by both sides, with rebels fighting Al Qaeda groups at times. However, members of the “mainstream” Free Syrian Army have also been willing to work alongside Al Qaeda-related groups to bring down Assad, which reportedly includes “alliances of convenience, falling out, and moments of reconciliation.”
Both al-Nusra and al-Shabaab have used Twitter to send threatening messages and posts about their terrorist activities. One writer states that “there is a direct connection to the Obama-supported Al Qaeda in Syria, which we are arming and supplying through the questionably rational policies of the Hussein Obama regime. In a previous article I documented the connection between the al-Shabbab [sic] group, Al Qaeda, and the Syrian gas attack.” The link the author provides to the cited article is broken.
The U.S. government has been investigating members of al-Shabaab in relation to a “research and development department that was developing chemical weapons for use by that terrorist organization” in Somalia, Al-Shabaab’s base. Chemical weapons have been used in the Syrian civil war, with the Obama regime attributing them to Assad. Conflicting reports indicate that the rebels may have released the deadly sarin gas which reportedly killed approximately 1,400 people on August 21 in a suburb of Damascus.
Obama had pledged to launch a U.S. military attack on the Assad regime which he justified by Assad’s alleged use of the chemical weapons. However, after low support in Congress and an opportunistic offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin to act as an intermediary to convince Assad to disclose his chemical weapons arsenal, both Obama and Kerry claimed that “diplomacy” was the best immediate course of action.
Assad has demanded that the Obama regime stop arming the rebels in exchange for his surrendering of his chemical weapons stockpiles.
Credible reports have been published that Syria was the recipient of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons prior to the entry of United Nations weapons inspectors in November 2002. Hussein had been known to have used chemical weapons on the Kurdish people in northern Iraq and was believed to have possessed them when the United States invaded the country in March 2003.
In June, the Obama regime announced that it would begin arming the Syrian rebels, but it is suspected that the U.S. has been sending armaments to the rebels through Libya and Turkey for as long as a year. The clandestine activity may have been discovered by Islamic militants in Libya who attacked a U.S. compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, killing four Americans. While Americans were under siege, the U.S. military did not respond in a rescue mission as a result of one or more “stand-down” orders.
Although in July, Congress expressed reservations over Obama’s desire to arm the rebels so that weapons would not fall into the possession of terrorists, Obama waived two provisions of a federal law last week to increase assistance to them.
Update, 10:08 p.m. EDT: The Examiner has reported that Al Qaeda in Iraq detonated two car bombs on Sunday which killed 64 and injured 140 people in Baghdad. Author Jim Kouri also stated, “Recently, the al-Qaeda branch in Iraq changed its name to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), since many al-Qaeda members are now participating in the Syrian civil war.”