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Analyst: Washington plays into al-Qaida hands

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WASHINGTON – Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for jihadists in Syria to form an emirate there while militant Islamists associated with the Syrian opposition increasingly are getting money and weapons from the United States, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

In response, al-Qaida in Iraq, or AQI, has announced that it is uniting with the Syrian jihadist group, Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida affiliate, to form the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Experts say that in fact al-Nusra is a creation of AQI to wage jihad in Syria.

“Puzzled infidels from Washington to Beijing may be entitled to believe this is straight from Monty Python, but it’s actually deadly serious, especially as the House of Saud, the Emir of Qatar, the neo-Ottoman (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan in Turkey and King PlayStation (King Abdullah) from Jordan – vastly supported by Washington – continue to weaponize the Syrian rebels to kingdom come,” according to Middle East expert Pepe Escobar told The Asia Times.

“And one of the top beneficiaries of this weaponizing orgy has been – who else – the gang now known as the Islamic State of the Iraq and Levant,” Escobar said. “Every grain of sand in the Syrian-Iraq desert knows that the rebels who really matter in fighting terms in Syria are from Jabhat al-Nusra – hundreds of transnationals fond of beheading and suicide bombings.”

Al-Nusra, which is benefitting from Western backing, including that of the U.S., wants to impose Shariah law and has been involved in kidnappings, torture and summary executions.

Regional experts also have confirmed that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has been involved in Jordan and Turkey in channeling weapons from Qatar and Saudi Arabia to the Syrian rebels.

Yet, al-Nusra last December was labeled a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department, which claimed AQI’s creation of al-Nusra is “an attempt to hijack the struggles of the Syrian people for its own malign purposes.”

Aiding the terrorist entity – yet declaring it a terrorist group – reflects a conflict in just what the State Department’s policy toward Syria is, analysts say.

Al-Nusra has become one of the best supplied militant groups fighting on behalf of the Syrian opposition, given the support it is receiving from the Gulf Arab countries and the West.

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