NO MISTAKE! OBAMA BACKS MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AGAIN / U.S.-supported Syrian protesters press for open ties with Islamist group (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein JERUSALEM, Israel 05/29/12)
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JERUSALEM – In the latest “Arab Spring” uprising, the U.S. is backing
protesters, many of whom, informed Middle Eastern security officials
tell WND, are now pressing to openly announce an affiliation with the
The Syrian opposition has been plagued by infighting, with competing
divisions sparring with each other even since the movement began in
September of last year.
Just last week, Syrian National Council leader Burhan Ghalioun
announced his resignation after divisions within his council reached
a climax only two days after the coalition voted to renew his term.
Ghalioun has faced criticism from some opposition members for being
too close to the Muslim Brotherhood and of trying to monopolize power
within the SNC.
“I will not allow myself to be the candidate of division,” he
said. “I am not attached to the position, so I announce that I will
step down after a new candidate has been chosen, either by consensus
or through new elections.”
The Muslim Brotherhood elements within the opposition want the SNC to
declare it is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood and its goals for
the larger Middle East.
Such a declaration is being supported by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two
major backers of the opposition, the informed Middle Eastern security
Already the Brotherhood has made gains in Egypt, Libya and other
nations where the White House worked to back popular and violent
uprisings in what has been called the “Arab Spring.”
The Syrian opposition has stepped up its rhetoric after its
government was accused of a massacre last week in the town of Houla,
where human rights groups say at least 92 people, a third of them
children, were killed.
Syria has denied responsibility, saying instead it was the opposition
that opened fire on civilians and army outposts.
Ghalioun yesterday threatened a “battle of liberation” against Bashar
Assad’s regime unless the United Nations takes action under Chapter
Seven, which allows for international military intervention.
“I call on the Syrian people to lead a battle of liberation and
dignity, relying on its own forces, on the rebels deployed across the
country and the Free Syrian Army brigades and friends,” he told a
news conference in Istanbul.
Ghalioun said such a “battle” would be taken “unless the
international community assumes its responsibilities under Chapter
Seven” of the U.N. charter.
Spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Ministry,
Jihad Makdissi, meanwhile, squarely blamed the opposition for the
deaths of the civilians in Houla, saying opposition fighters are
using more advanced weaponry, including mortars.
Makdissi stated: ”It has been confirmed that hundreds of gunmen
gathered at 2:00 o’clock on Friday afternoon, using pick-up cars
loaded with up-to-date and heavy weapons, like mortars, machineguns
and anti-tank missiles, which are newly used in the confrontation
with the state forces.”
”The gunmen headed to al-Houla area,” he continued, “which is guarded
by the government forces at five points where law-enforcement members
and security are positioned, which lie outside the places where the
‘U.S. arming opposition’
Reports of protesters obtaining more sophisticated weapons come after
claims the Obama administration is coordinating arms shipments to the
U.S. officials have stated the White House is providing only
nonlethal aid to the Syrian rebels, yet Middle Eastern security
officials told WND the U.S. has been working with Arab countries to
ensure the opposition in Syria is well armed.
Then last week, the Washington Post reported the U.S is helping to
bring more and better weapons to Syria’s rebels, including anti-tank
The Post report claimed the U.S. has been coordinating the weapons
shipments, with Persian Gulf nations picking up the tab.
In response to the report, State Department spokeswoman Victoria
Nuland denied that Washington was playing a role in arming the rebels.
“With regard to any assertions with regard to lethal (aid), we are
not involved in that,” she said.
“The United States has made a decision to provide nonlethal support
to civilian members of the opposition. This is things like medical
equipment. This is communications, things to help them, first of all,
deal with the humanitarian aspects but also to help them to
communicate better so that they can plan and be ready for the period
of transition that we expect and want to see in Syria,” Nuland said.
White House spokesman Jay Carney seemed to confirm knowledge that
other countries are sending weapons to the opposition.
“We continue to provide nonlethal support to the opposition,” he told
reporters. “And while I can only speak for the United States, we know
that others are pursuing different types of support, and I’d refer
you to them to characterize the nature of their actions.”
Egyptian security officials, however, outlined to WND what they said
was large-scale international backing for the rebels attacking the
embattled regime of Assad – including arms and training from Turkey,
Jordan and Saudi Arabia being coordinated with the U.S.
Several knowledgeable Egyptian and Arab security officials claimed
the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the
Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s
northern desert region.
The security officials also claimed Saudi Arabia was sending weapons
to the rebels via surrogates, including through Druze and Christian
leaders in Lebanon such as Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, Saudi-
Lebanese billionaire Saad Hariri, who recently served as Lebanon’s
prime minister, and senior Lebanese opposition leader Samir Farid
Al-Qaida, opposition collaborating?
One Egyptian security official told WND last week there is a growing
collaboration between the Syrian opposition and al-Qaida, as well as
evidence the opposition is sending weapons to jihadists in Iraq.
An Egyptian military attaché detailed the alleged collaboration
between al-Qaida and the U.S.-aided opposition in Syria that operates
under the banner of the National Free Army.
The purported cooperation extends to recent suicide attacks and
bombings in Damascus and in the embattled Syrian city of Homs. The
deadly attacks have been targeting the regime of Syrian President
The military official told WND that Egypt has reports of
collaboration between the Syrian opposition and three al-Qaida arms:
-Jund al-Sham, which is made up of al-Qaida militants who are Syrian,
Palestinian and Lebanese;
- Jund al-Islam, which in recent years merged with Ansar al-Islam, an
extremist group of Suuni Iraqis operating under the al-Qaida banner;
-Jund Ansar al-Allah, an al-Qaida group based in Gaza linked to
Palestinian camps in Lebanon and Syria.
The Egyptian military official said there is evidence the Syrian
opposition is transferring some weapons to jihadist allies in both
northern Lebanon and Iraq. Any weapons transfers to Iraq could
potentially be used against the Iraqi government and U.S. or
international interests in that country. (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com,
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