US helps Al-Qaeda infiltrate Syrian rebels
“The evidence is mounting that Syria has become a magnet for Sunni extremists, including those operating under the banner of al-Qaeda,” the website Antiwar Website cited a New York Times report as saying.
The article attributed the escalating presence of militants in Syria over the past days to “a convergence with the sectarian tensions across the country’s long border with Iraq.”
According to chairman of the US House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Rogers, as many as a quarter of the many rebel groups in Syria see themselves as al-Qaeda offshoots.
The growing al-Qaeda presence seems to disturb neither Washington, nor its allies in their decision to send communication gear, military intelligence, and arms to militias in Syria.
Washington’s silence on the July 18 bombing in Damascus drew sharp criticism from Moscow, where Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blamed the US for “directly justifying terrorism.”
“In other words, to say it in plain Russian, this means ‘we (the United States) will continue to support such terrorist acts for as long as the UN Security Council has not done what we want’,” Lavrov said on Wednesday.
US intelligence officials have revealed CIA’s chicanery in its so-called “vetting process,” which is to safeguard the aid for Syrian rebels fall into the hands of extremists.
The process involved unreliable, third-party sources and that the truth is that the US is least informed on the identity and motivations of the people receiving the money and weapons, the officials admitted.
The support for al-Qaeda and other terror cells in Syria is feared to throw the militants into power and give them a staunch stronghold if the US-led campaign managed to finally topple the Assad government.