We’ve been tracking this for more than 3 years…. No-one is paying much attention, but they will – VERY SOON. Without a doubt the “rebels” in Syria are now fully engaged al-Qaeda, or radical Islamist operatives, from multiple geographies.
We have highlighted some Syrian ground reports which outline how their cause was hijacked in Jan/Feb 2012 by the flood of al-Qaeda operatives flowing from the previous conquest(s) in Egypt/Libya.
Now the First of Two reports which should alarm EVERYONE.
First…. BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels strengthened their hold Thursday on an oil-rich province bordering Iraq, activists said, capturing a key military base that was considered one of the last bastions for President Bashar Assad’s loyalists in the strategic region.
The reported fall of the Mayadeen base, along with its stockpiles of artillery, caps a series of advances in Deir el-Zour including last week’s seizure of a military airport.
The province borders on western Iraq. Syria’s rebels enjoy strong support with the Sunni tribes of Iraq’s west, and many Iraqis with combat experience from their own war are believed to have crossed to fight in their neighbor.
Rebel fighters also say that weapons seized when bases fall have been essential to their transformation from ragtag brigades into forces capable of challenging Assad’s professional army.
Activist groups and a local fighter told The Associated Press the Mayadeen base was taken in the morning hours, after a three-week siege. The fighter spoke on condition of anonymity because of security concerns.
Violence also was reported in opposition strongholds around the capital Damascus and in the northern city of Aleppo, where government aircraft damaged one of the rebels’ key field hospitals. (more)
Anyone who has actually researched the TRUTH in Middle East affairs knows full well what weapons are in this Western Syria area, THAT is where the former Saddam Hussein armorments were shipped when he was on the ropes. During the 2003/2004 timeframe massive amounts of VX Nerve Gas, Mustard Gas, and other chemical weapons were shipped into Syria for safe storage.
Our government has known about this for years. Unfortunately two months ago, with the chaos in Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made a startling admission:
The U.S. has lost track of some of Syria’s chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday, and does not know if any potentially lethal chemicals have fallen into the hands of Syrian rebels or Iranian forces inside the country.
“There has been intelligence that there have been some moves that have taken place. Where exactly that’s taken place, we don’t know.” Panetta said, in a Pentagon press briefing. (more)
You getting this?
We know massive amounts of WMD were smuggled from Iraq into Syria. We know the Ayman Al Zawahiri (al-Qaeda’s new #1) led the collection and attempted use of these chemical weapons in 2003 – his al-Qaeda crew was caught red handed and during their 2005 trial said:
The defendents roared “Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi will chop off your heads and stuff it up your mouths, you God’s enemies,”
A total of thirteen terrorists, four who are being tried in absentia including Iraqi thug Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, are on trial for plotting chemical and conventional attacks against government and public buildings in Jordan and elsewhere under the command of al Zarqawi. The Jordanian plot was uncovered and ultimately foiled on April 21, 2004, when the four alleged cell members were killed in a shoot-out with police. From that incident, additional evidence was collected and other cell members arrested.
… and we know our own military and intelligence officials lost track of the WMD stores as they were moved by Syrian operatives (al-Qaeda?).
Now today… Czech troops are in Jordan, providing technical expertise in case Syria’s massive stockpile of chemical weapons is somehow unleashed by the Assad regime, rebels, or terrorists.
“We do have the traditional CBRN [chemical, biological, radialogical, nuclear warfare] specialization, we have our anti-chemical units in the Gulf, in Kuwait . . . we do have some even in Afghanistan, we do have some cooperation now with Jordan because of the danger with Syria,” Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra told Killer Apps yesterday while discussing the Czech military’s special role within NATO: dealing with CBRN threats.
While there are reports of some of the Syrian government’s advanced Russian-made SA-24 handheld surface-to-air missiles falling into rebel hands, we have yet to see evidence of Assad’s chemical or biological weapons making their way out of their supposedly secure storage sites — although there are reports of government troops moving the chem/bio weapons in an effort to keep them safe. (read more)
So the Czechoslovakian military is inside Syria, because of the risk to Jordan, to find the missing chemical, biological, weapons….. and while the same depots have been raided by “rebels” who are actually al-Qaeda – the HOPE is they didn’t take the WMD stuff to use.
Um, methinks gas mask prices are about to find a sudden spike…