Monday, June 15, 2015

U.S. covert support to al-Qaeda in Syria

"A reason why Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham, another hard-line jihadi group, were able to break the military stalemate is the greater support they are getting from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Since succeeding to the throne in January, Saudi King Salman, along with other Sunni leaders, has pursued a more aggressive policy in backing extreme jihadi rebels in Syria." "Assad’s military opposition is dominated by Isis in the east, holding half the country, and Nusra, leading a coalition of al-Qaeda type jihadis in the north and centre." "Another problem was that weapons supplied by the US to more moderate groups were ending up in the hands of Nusra." This is the only Western correspondent who defies Western mainstream media conventions.