US Officials To Meet With Syrian Extremist Rebels, Including Al Qaeda Forces

Tyler Durden's picture

As was reported several days ago, the latest embarrassment for US foreign policy in Syria took place when the US-backed commander of the Free Syrian Army was forced to flee the country to Qatar after "Islamist fighters ran the top Western-backed rebel commander out of his headquarters." In other words, the Islamic Front, which is a more palatable name for the six major groups among Syria's religious extremist rebels, or as some call them, Al Qaeda, is now the only entity "fighting" the regime of Assad (funded with Qatari and Saudi financial generosity), which as recently as September was a very theatrically sworn enemy of John Kerry. So what is an isolated America to do in a country in which ambitions for Qatari nat gas pipelines will almost certainly rear their heads as soon as the spring of 2014? Why engage directly with Al Qaeda, pardon, the Islamic Front of course. Because the enemy of my enemy, who obstinately refuses to throw Putin under the bus or allow a Qatari gas pipeline under their territory, is my friend.

From Reuters:

U.S. officials may meet commanders from Syria's Islamic Front this week, the State Department said, after the grouping took control of weapon depots belonging to the Western-backed opposition.


Over the weekend, Reuters reported that these talks were expected to take place but U.S. representatives based in Turkey were unable to give details about a visit from U.S. Syria envoy Robert Ford.


"State Department officials might be meeting with representatives of the Islamic Front this week," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday. She said that did not signify a change in U.S. support for the Syrian National Coalition, the moderate political opposition.

One wonders just what weapons will the US promise to various Al Qaeda members of the Islamic Front, and how it will safeguard and prevent the use of said weapons against the US?

As for what is next for the extremist "negotiators"? A trip to Geneva, preferably first class.

The State Department spokeswoman said in her email that Syria's political opposition had started to seek contact with the Islamic Front, a step that "we welcome as the opposition prepares for the Geneva 2 conference".


Monzer Akbik, chief of staff in the Syrian National Coalition, said the Islamic Front would be welcome to take part in Geneva, even though it has so far rejected participation.


"We would love it if the Islamic Front went to Geneva 2," said another coalition leader on condition of anonymity.


"We haven't offered them any seats but if they want to go we can figure out an arrangement with them. Geneva 2 can only be meaningful if it is supported by fighters in Syria which includes the Islamic Front."

Or, as all of the above will be summarized by the US State Department: success.

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SheepDog-One's picture

I hope the plan is for McCain and Kerry to wear in suicide vests and blow themselves up along with the 'evil-doers'?? Coupla freakin heroes, or so we're told.

cossack55's picture

Looks like shuttle diplomacy time for the psycho McCain.  Kiev to Bengazi and back again, trying oh-so-hard to get that whole WW3 thingy going.

SheepDog-One's picture

There's no such thing as 'enemies', only 'people who need to be killed' when big profits from stealing resources with pipelines running thru sovereign borders is the real underlying issue. The movie 'Shooter' explains it in detail.

The Juggernaut's picture

Nabucco-West pipeline:


The manufactured Syrian war is all about nat gas.

Ying-Yang's picture

"what weapons will the US promise to various Al Qaeda members of the Islamic Front?"

Thermite to implode buildings into their own footprint.

11b40's picture

Another relevant, but as yet unanswered, question is what weapons they got when they siezed our favorite rebel commander's headquarters?  Couldn't possibly be any chemicals, could there?  How about Stingers?

"One of terrorism’s most feared weapons, the shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile, has begun to flow into war-ravaged Syria in numbers that alarm the West because they may fall into the hands of al Qaeda, according to national security analysts.

One source puts the count at dozens and growing, saying the missile systems are in the arsenals of Islamist rebels as well as the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army.

“It’s at least dozens,” said Matt Schroeder, who tracks the illicit small-arms trade at the Federation of American Scientists. “From what I can tell, it’s in the hands of a wide array of actors, from Free Syrian Army moderates to those with more ideological leanings. Whether al Qaeda-affiliated groups per se have acquired them, I don’t know. It is something we are looking into now.”

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General Decline's picture

"US Officials to meet with CIA and the Mossad"


Fixed it for me

Ying-Yang's picture

A little history about stingers...

During the Soviet occupation the CIA armed the mujahideen. They had a rule that no weapon in Afghanistan could be traced back to the west, so they supplied Soviet designed equipment from Egypt and China. In the mid-eighties the Soviets threatened to shut down the insurgency with aggressive and highly trained spetnaz commandos and the Hind helicopter.

When the war ended the CIA panicked a little. They needed the unused Stingers back before one downed a commercial jet in a terror attack. The CIA bought Stingers back for $150,000 each, accounting for most of them. There were fears in 2001 that the Taliban still had a few left, and that we might lose aircraft to our own weapons.

11b40's picture

Yep, and the Mujahideen shot those Stingers right up the Behind of those Hind Choppers.  They were knocking them down left & right.  Helos just can't evade heat-seekers very well.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Or was it actually Rambo?  We will never know.

Emergency Ward's picture

"Dubya gave me this cool commander's jacket."

Wahooo's picture

After reading the leaks of the top secret Saudi role in 911, I am not at all surprised that our government supports al qaeda. Without oil we are totally ass-fucked, and our guys know it. All the political posturing, soaring eagles, flag waving, Rush Limbaugh pronouncements and 4th of July celebrations can't hide the fact that we are the Saudis' bitches.

SafelyGraze's picture

just came back from meeting with defense contractors and ngo's

they said that being called 'senior al kaida leaders' is starting to wear a little bit thin

they prefer "advisors" and "ambassadors" and "consultants" and "observers" and "peacekeepers" and "community organizers"

please honor these requests in your future reporting


knukles's picture

My advice when engaging in a region where the enemy of my enemy is my friend.... stay home
Watch TV, take a nap, take more Ativan, drink heavier, watch Dancing with the Gimp reruns....
Just stay home, out of it, nix, nada, zip, zilch....

Freddie's picture

McCain is a stooge for the NWO.  His biggest backer like Obama is the Crown family of General Dynamics and they are big AIPAC supporters.

This is State Dept aka Al See EYE AA operation.  In the future when you see either State Dept or See Eye AAA you can use them interchangably because they are the same entity.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Financed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, aka England and the US' stooges, aka financed by Wall St and the City of London?

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Since they're already on the government payroll, Al Qaeda might as well enroll with Obamacare.

knukles's picture

Would they be in network or out of network?
Can they keep their doctor?

TeamDepends's picture

Are you kidding?  They would be exempted as "Friends of the White House".

Colonel Klink's picture

They won't, because they still want to live.

Freddie's picture

So why are the Saudis being outed (finally) for 9/11 along with Bush?  The question is were the hijackers real or were they duped?  The controlled explosion was so obvious and hundreds or thousands of engineers said that was what happened. Thermite which is only available to the military.

krispkritter's picture

Let's get McStain to pilot Air Force One and the royal entourage including Kerry and the party leaders on a fly over mission.  That should eliminate most of the problem.

knukles's picture

Look a Camel!
Can we take selfies?

krispkritter's picture

I am NOT a camel! (I just smoke them)  Oh, you meant, nevermind...

SAT 800's picture

Too much to hope for; although it does make one giddy with delight at the very contemplation.

kralizec's picture

Blow up all their asses!  Woo hoo!!!

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

the west is simply having to openly do what they've been doing covertly from day zero. We see it reported that Idriss had to flee, another traitor of note Riad as-Asaad has reportedly fled to the Netherlands He's a peg leg actually and lucky to be alive. No more than 2 days ago, a high ranking fsa leader was executed after he had brokered plans to give himself up. Western intelligence and their islamist savages tracked him and his crew down and killed them all.


Word is, whatever is left of the "FSA" leadership is trying to get the hell out of dodge. IT would be amusing that the west's treachery is increasingly being laid bare before the eyes of the unwashed masses, if it weren't so tragic.


In other news, recall the Saudis have been shitting all over the US in print about their waffling. The lover's quarrel took a sinister turn today, when after a decade of being out in the open, the press finally reported on the "saudi 9-11 cover up."


I can't help but think that was a not so subtle "E-fukking-nough already"





hedgeless_horseman's picture



...the press finally reported on the "saudi 9-11 cover up."

A New York newspaper says it was the Saudis?  That is a relief.  I thought for sure it was Israel, with the arrest, then rapid release, of the dancing Mossad agents that were filming the WTC attacks and celebrating.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

The clear point is that saudi arabia had a part to play, as they are factually the ideological home base and cash register for islamic terrorism. I don't need to tell you that something like 9-11 has alot of moving parts. Furthermore, as is evidenced in syria - the goals of the house of saud and the israelis have alot more in common that the vast moajority of anti depressant addled duck dynasty fans could ever imagine. So to your quip, color me shocked that the same satanic trinity of the West, Saudis, Israelis who are gang banging syria could do a black op together.

hedgeless_horseman's picture




At least we agree it wasn't Afghanistan or Iraq, and that the US government is lying to its citizens, again.

Freddie's picture

I hope Putin and the Russians are in there helping the Syrian Army bitch slap these Islamic/Saudi/State Dept Terrorists.   

I guess we will never here what really happened in Benghazi because it was arming this Al Qeada/Saudi terrorist army.

I was watching some videos on YouTube and China had supposedly a heavy cruiser and another ship near Syria when the Russians had 8 ships there.  Kudos to Vlad from standing up to this terrorist scum.

I am still trying to figure the play in finally outing the Saudis and Bush on 9/11.  Supposedly Obama is blocking any full info on the stuff Bush redacted.  Hopefully this means no more Bushes, Clintons or Obamas.

rotagen's picture

Pretend government meets with pretend enemy.  News at 11.

krispkritter's picture

The casualties will continue until morality improves...

knukles's picture

... until mortality improves...

NumberNone's picture

USA now stands for "Under Saudi Authority".   No Support...No Oil.  

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Don't get it twisted.

What is the Saudi Royal Family w/o US military backing?

Seize Mars's picture

Yeah, just keep telling yourself that. The Saudi passports fell out of exploding airplanes, down onto the sidewalk, where they were picked up. Intact.
After all, TV said so.

tony wilson's picture

saudi is owned by jewtown and mi6.

edwyn rothschild is not an arab but he is covered in the blood of innocent victims of the world.

SAT 800's picture

At this point the wise course would be for the US Govt. to sit down and shut up; and wait for eveyone to forget about the whole situation. Of course, that's not what they'll do, I'm just sayin.

Tim_'s picture

US-backed insurgents in Syria tried to get reporter killed in anti-Assad propaganda bid

"Journalist Alex Thomson reports that Syrian rebels set him and his crew up to be killed by Syrian troops in a bid to show Damascus in a negative light."

"Thomson, a chief correspondent for Channel 4 news, says he and his group were deliberately given incorrect directions by a group of Syrian rebels. As a result, their car entered a free-fire zone, where the road ahead was blocked off, and started receiving shots presumably fired by the Syrian army, who thought the vehicle belonged to rebels."

"'Suddenly four men in a black car beckon us to follow,' he wrote on the channel's website. 'We move out behind. We are led another route. Led in fact, straight into a free-fire zone. Told by the Free Syrian Army to follow a road that was blocked off in the middle of no-man's land.'"

Tim_'s picture

Terrorist Groups' Rape Crimes Force Many Syrian Families to Flee

"Women and girls in several Syrian areas are being exposed to rape by foreign–backed armed terrorist groups' members. Such crimes of sexual assault are being committed repeatedly, forcing many families to leave the homeland fleeing the inhuman practices of armed groups."

"The foreign-backed armed terrorist groups have committed most horrible crimes under arm threat against the Syrians. It wasn't enough for the terrorists to steal people's properties, but persisted in the acts of killing everyone who resists them, mutilating dead bodies, burning houses and raping women and underage girls."

chubbar's picture

Hmmm, torture, mutilating and raping? Where have I seen pictures of those things going on? Oh yeah, the U.S. is doing that.

Tim_'s picture

Donald Rumsfeld lied about what happened at Abu Ghraib (since rebranded to Baghdad Central Prison).

For example, an 8-year-old boy was sodomized, and he was probably murdered after this picture was taken.

Seymour Hersh spoke about this issue at an ACLU conference in 2004. Here is the address of the streaming video. He starts speaking at 1:08:00.

Hersh: Children sodomized at Abu Ghraib, on tape

"Debating about it, ummm ... Some of the worst things that happened you don't know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib ... The women were passing messages out saying 'Please come and kill me, because of what's happened' and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It's going to come out."

Rumsfeld warns about photos of worse abuses ON THE HILL: Defense chief apologizes to Iraqi victims

"Graham, speaking after Rumsfeld's Senate testimony, suggested that material in at least one tape held by Defense Department investigators could be by far the most-damaging yet to the U.S. military effort in Iraq and its prestige around the world."

"'The American public needs to understand, we're talking about rape and murder here. We're not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience. We're talking about rape and murder and some very serious charges,' Graham said to reporters."

Mounting Evidence Suggests Israeli Operatives Working in Occupied Iraq

"New Yorker journalist Seymour Hersh told the BBC that his sources -- which include high ranking Lebanese and Turkish officials -- confirm the presence of Israeli agents in Iraq. Hersh said it is his understanding that one of the Israeli aims was to gain access to detained members of the secret Iraqi intelligence unit who specialized in Israeli affairs, the BBC reports on its website."

Were two jewish agents, Steven Stefanowicz and John Israel, responsible for the atrocities at Abu Ghraib?

"Steven Stefanowicz, an interrogator and former US navy petty officer on a CACI contract, and John Israel, a translator working for Titan, were highlighted in a report by Maj Gen Antonio Taguba as two of the four men 'either directly or indirectly responsible for the abuses at Abu Ghraib'" (Source).

Picture of Steven Stefanowicz

"While we know plenty about Stefanowicz, what’s extremely odd is that nothing comparable has come out about the other civilian contractor named by General Taguba as having 'direct or indirect' responsibility for the Abu Ghraib house of horrors. We don’t know how old 'John Israel' is, where he lives, where he was born, or what he looks like – nothing" (Source).

Does this guard at Abu Ghraib have the mark of Shin Bet ("Israel's" Security Agency) tattooed on his arm?

knukles's picture

That FSA to which they refer.
Is that Free Syrian or Free Shit Army?
Could we get both to surrender?

Ah, the war on terror, poverty and climate change* all rolled into one.

Do they get to vote without IDs or registration, too?
Is it OK to eat Twinkies?


* Just yesterday Brother John (Kohn) in the Mekong Delta area of Vietnam where he famously recounted the intense battle actin he led which was later recounted as the night time bridge scenes in Apocalypse (or was it Platypus) Now!, stated unequivocally that climate change was the single most yada yada yada, and stated that he wished Harry Reid would introduce legislation to tax the sun.

SheepDog-One's picture

And I have no doubt the 'FSA' is a CIA subgroup as well.

knukles's picture

Absolutely, right there along side that ASM which I think was the Arab Student Movement (?), the group first identified with agitating across the MENA region for the later to be called "Arab Spring".
Which was proven, well documented in the press (alternative) but hailed as butterflies and mercury free vaccinations in the MSM.


Quinvarius's picture

I hope they eat John Kerry.