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The Syrian ‘Rebels’ and Chemical Weapons: Remembering Your Al-Qaeda History

September 3rd, 2013 - 11:40 am

Al-Qaeda’s efforts to acquire, manufacture, and eventually use chemical weapons have never ceased. A report from just three months ago by Bill Roggio at the Long War Journal is especially useful:

The Iraqi military announced today that it arrested five members of an al Qaeda cell that was seeking to manufacture chemical weapons, including sarin nerve gas, and plotting to conduct attacks within Iraq, Europe, and North America.

The Defense Ministry announced that it arrested the five members of the al Qaeda in Iraq cell and raided two factories in Baghdad that were used to research and manufacture the deadly chemical agents. The arrests were made with the help of undisclosed foreign intelligence services.

The chemical weapons cell was seeking to produce sarin as well as mustard blistering agents. The group had acquired some of the precursor chemicals as well as the formulas needed to manufacture the agents.

According to the Defense Ministry’s spokesman, the cell was plotting to use remotely-piloted model aircraft to spray some of the chemical weapons sometime next week as Shia mourners commemorated the death of Imam Kadhum.

The cell also had contacts with a network that would have attempted to smuggle the chemical weapons for use in the United States, Canada, and Europe, the Defense Ministry said.

The report of an al Qaeda cell in possession of chemical agents is the second from the Middle East in the past two days. Yesterday, Turkish newspapers reported that members of an Al Nusrah Front cell were in possession of sarin gas, and were planning to conduct attacks at the Incirlik Air Base in Adana, and in Gaziantep, a city near Turkey’s border with Syria. Other reports said that the Al Nusrah Front cell was planning to use the deadly nerve gas inside Syria. The reports have not been confirmed by the Turkish government.

The Al Nusrah Front for the People in the Levant is al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. The group was formed by al Qaeda in Iraq, and its leader has openly sworn allegiance to Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s emir. The Al Nusrah Front is one of al Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliates. More that 10,000 fighters are estimated to be in its ranks, and the group is said to be absorbing entire units from the so-called secular Free Syrian Army.

Al Qaeda in Iraq has attempted to construct crude chemical weapons in the past, and has employed such weapons on the battlefield. In 2007, al Qaeda in Iraq launched more than a dozen chlorine suicide bomb attacks in Baghdad, Anbar province, and Diyala province. The chlorine gas strikes killed 32 Iraqis and poisoned over 600 more.

In Syria, the Al Nusrah Front is suspected of launching a chlorine gas attack in March of this year. Twenty-six Syrians, including 16 Syrian soldiers, were killed in the attack.

Al Qaeda has long sought to place chemical weapons in its arsenal. In 2002, CNN found videos of al Qaeda experimenting with chemical weapons at the Darunta camp near the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan. The video showed al Qaeda members experimenting with a gas thought to be sarin or another nerve agent on dogs. Formulas to make sarin were also found at the camp.

Again, I believe the concentration on chemical weapons, including President Obama’s credibility-crippling recklessness in labeling their use a “red line,” misses the point — at best. It diverts attention from the issue the interventionists do not want to discuss: the fact that al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood would be the chief beneficiaries of U.S. attacks against Assad’s regime, the fact that the toppling of Assad could very well be even worse for American national security than Assad himself has been.

But if we are going to make this a debate about chemical weapons, is it not worth factoring in that Assad’s opposition includes elements that have been seeking to use chemical weapons against the United States for more than two decades? That al-Qaeda recently and repeatedly used chemical weapons in Iraq? And that — as Bill Roggio notes — al Nusrah, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, is suspected of using chemical weapons in Syria just six months ago?

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It's hard to take Kerry and Hagel seriously....every time I look at them I think of Herman and Eddie Munster.
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The Syrian war is a religious war. Hold their coats during the war and then understand the the winner is our enemy.
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"Democratic political opportunism transformed the existence of Iraqi WMDs, once a universally accepted fact brutally testified to by the Halabja massacre of thousands of Kurds, into an absurd lie. Now as Halabja is being recreated in Syria, suddenly a unilateral war for WMDs has become the liberal platform.

In 2002, a minor Chicago politician with a funny name achieved an undeserved level of prominence with a speech declaring we should not attack Iraq because “Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States”, “the Iraqi economy is in shambles” and “the Iraqi military (is) a fraction of its former strength” and advised that instead Saddam “be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.”

When that minor politician came to power, suddenly the dustbin of history that was good enough for Saddam, wasn’t good enough for Gaddafi or for Assad.

As Obama prepares to add a second unilateral regime change war to his Nobel Peace Prize trophy shelf, joining him for their very first war together as cabinet members will be two other prominent doves.



John Kerry’s senate career began with a bang when he traveled to Nicaragua to obstruct President Reagan’s policy of arming the anti-Communist Contra rebels. Now Secretary of State John Kerry is taking part in arming the Free Syrian Army rebel allies of Al Qaeda and pawns of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In his Sandinista days, Senator Kerry had said that America should not subvert its values “by funding terrorism to overthrow governments of other countries”. Since then John Kerry has changed his mind. It turns out that he was only against funding terrorists to overthrow the governments of other countries before he was for it.

Sitting in as Secretary of Defense is Chuck Hagel, who got his job because of his opposition to the Iraq War and attacks on Bush over WMDs, who will now be overseeing a new war over Syrian WMDs.

Three anti-war doves will be leading a war that represents everything that they claimed to stand against."



http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/liberal-wmd-hypocrisy-in-iraq-and-syria/
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Not only would our enemies be beneficiaries, but we would end up with Sarin in the subways for sure.
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Pentagon may be involved in Chemical Attack in Syria: US Intelligence Colonel Hacked Emails By Global Research News, September 04, 2013

http://www.globalresearch.ca/pentagon-may-be-involved-in-chemical-attack-in-syria-us-intelligence-colonel-hacked-mail-reflect/5348039
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Ever since the ascendance of the anti-war left in the 60s, the idea that putting American men and women in harm's way rises above politics, i.e. that "politics stops at the water's edge," has been relegated to the ash heap of history. Thus, potential action in Syria isn't about how it serves our national interests, but how it serves the political interests of the ruling class.
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Mr. McCarthy, do you have an opinion on the attempts to silence two of your fellow Team B II members?

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Rush Limbaugh said today that he has heard from several of his sources that the sarin gas attack in Syria was staged by the rebels on their own people so as to draw in the US. That the dead numbered in the 100's and not nearly 2k.

Curiously, the secretary of state testified before the senate this afternoon that the Russians are telling the US the same thing. That the sarin gas attack was staged by the syrian rebels to draw in the USA.

The situation is clear as mud.

Further the person who asked Kerry the question as the veracity of the report about the gas attack in syria was Barbara boxer and not a republican. After Kerry answered that the Russians had said it was a set up, Kerry hastened to add that the Russians have been very helpful in a whole set other areas--then Kerry rattled them off.

Boxer wanted to know if Kerry had heard any dissenting voices within the intelligence community. Kerry gave the distinct impression that he was hearing only voice--that of DNI James Clapper-- which for some reason tends to impeach the story.

Has anyone heard what Israeli intelligence is saying about the matter. Their sources should at least as good as the Russians--and certainly better than the DNI on this matter.
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It stinks to no end. The master manipulators at their best.
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The concept of declaring that chemical weapons are forbidden, but that it is okay to kill people with bombs, bullets, napalm, or machetes is insane. What about non-lethal gas? Would that be considered worse than explosives?

And why would Assad use chemical weapons against targets of no military importance, knowing that this would set off a storm in the West? Does he want to provoke an action, possibly to justify retaliations on US/European soil? Was this a false flag operation?

Something here is very rotten. Remember the hysteria about "genocide" in Kosovo, which turned out to be 2000 casualties in a low-level guerrilla war, turned into a war crime by KLA propaganda.

As Richard Fernandez noted recently, "The interesting thing is that these policy dilemmas have not arisen from an internal debate within the institutions of the Republic but as a consequence of a crisis caused by the conflicting agendas of foreign interest groups. It’s a war among the lobbies, and Washington knows not how to caper to which tune."
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It's hard to take Kerry and Hagel seriously....every time I look at them I think of Herman and Eddie Munster.
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The Syrian war is a religious war. Hold their coats during the war and then understand the the winner is our enemy.
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I've held the same opinion for some time.

I hope this reality gains traction.
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This thing is not about Chemical weapons. It is about mission creep. What's the mission? Supporting those Juan McCain states are Moderate Muslims? Or, is it something larger? A Caliphate?

What is stopping Iran, and Syria attacking elementary schools inside America? Will sleeper agents of the god Sin be activated. Have you folks seen the moon god worshiping terror training videos on YouTube?

Secure your perimeter. The globalists like Kerry could care less about Americans, it is about pushing the CFR/NATO agenda. That is why we have millions of illegal aliens, and Muslim Marxists flooding this county.
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