74 year old Jürgen Todenhöfer interviews Abu al-Ezz, a commander of the al-Qaida branch “Jabhat al-Nusra”.
by Dee McLachlan
It is almost impossible to make sense of the fighting in Syria and Iraq, but it is clear who is funding the conflicts.
Reuters, 26 June 2014:
“President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers to provide more help to Syria’s opposition, asked the U.S. Congress on Thursday to approve $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar al-Assad.”
RT reports, 27 November 2015:
“President Barack Obama has signed the Pentagon funding bill giving $800 million in aid to both “moderate rebels” in Syria and the Kiev regime.”
Robert Ford, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria from 2010 to 2014, was a supporter of arming the “moderate” rebels in Syria — but then he changed his mind. He has now spoken out — criticizing the Obama administration for supporting groups allied with terrorist organizations.
Mintpress report, 3 February 2016:
“…While he (Ford) once championed the cause of arming Syrian rebels as a way to topple the presidency of Bashar Assad, he began speaking out against this policy last year. …Ford admitted last year that the groups being armed by the rebels are actually tied to Al-Qaida and Daesh [ISIS or ISIL]”
Let us not forget the destruction of this areas has been in the planning for a long time. Ret. General Wesley Clark said this in an interview in 2007 (describing what he was told while visiting the Pentagon in 200, soon after 9-11):
“This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” [Video here]
A recent video, entitled Al-Nusra commander speaks about foreign support in Syria, has surfaced. The interviewer, 74 year old Jürgen Todenhöfer claims it was his seventh trip (with his son Frederic) to report on the civil war in Syria.
On this last trip he conducted an interview with a commander of the al-Qaida branch “Jabhat al-Nusra”. In a stone quarry in Aleppo, Jürgen says Abu al-Ezz reported quite openly about his financiers Saudi-Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.
One commentor, kako kako, on the YouTube link, is labeling the video “fake shameless lies.” Is he also calling Robert Ford a liar I wonder?
- The group is directly supported by the US
- They received tanks and other heavy weaponry via Libya and Turkey
- They’ve got officers and experts from the US, Israel, Turkey inside Aleppo
- The commanders of IS are led by Western intelligence
- They are against cease-fires and aid deliveries
- “The U.S. is on our side”
When you listen to this soldier speak you get the feeling he probably does not understand the controversial nature of his interview.
Meanwhile, the once captive UK journalist John Cantile is still in Mosul.
photo: Frederic Todenhöfer