Bombshell NSA Memo: Saudi Arabia Ordered Attack On Damascus International Airport With US Knowledge

Tyler Durden's picture

The Intercept has just released a new top-secret NSA document unearthed from leaked intelligence files provided by Edward Snowden which reveals in stunning clarity that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the war which has now claimed half a million lives.

The US intelligence memo - marked "Top Secret" - is arguably the most damning piece of evidence to date which gives internal US government confirmation of the direct role that both the Saudi and US governments played in fueling an armed insurgency which launched massive and well-coordinated attacks on civilians, civilian infrastructure, as well as military targets in pursuit of regime change. The NSA report is sourced to the intelligence agency's controversial PRISM program - which gives the NSA the ability to sweep up all communications and data exchanged through major US internet service providers like Google. The memo focuses on events that unfolded outside Damascus in March of 2013.

Damascus International Airport: a major civilian transport hub targeted by the Saudi government with knowledge of US intelligence. Image source: AFP/Getty

One of the videos that Saudi-backed FSA fighters uploaded to YouTube identified by The Intercept as showing rockets launched on civilian areas of Damascus on March 18, 2013. US intelligence knew of the secret operation three days in advance yet did not stop it.  

According to the document, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) was ordered to "light up Damascus" and "flatten" the Syrian capital's international airport by Prince Salman bin Sultan - a prominent member of the Saudi royal family tasked with overseeing operations in Syria as a top Saudi intelligence officer. The document further reveals that the "Saudis sent 120 tons of explosives/weapons to opposition forces" - presumably in the lead up to the operation.

The report not only confirms that the assault happened, but that the Saudi government was "very pleased" with the outcome: "Attacks against airport, Presidential palace and other locations occurred on 18 March," the memo reads. Also significant is that the memo confirms US intelligence foreknowledge of the attack on a major civilian airport: "Reports gave U.S. three days warning about 18 March 2013 attacks (2 year anniversary of revolution)."

Prince Salman bin Sultan, who is currently the Saudi Deputy Defense Minister. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

According to The Intercept, various news reports from the time confirmed significant attacks and damage from FSA-fired rockets upon civilian areas. Not only is Damascus International Airport Syria's main civilian transport hub - which was used by millions each year before the war - but it remained in daily operation for commercial flights in March 2013, when Saudi intelligence ordered the attacks with knowledge of US intelligence.

As The Intercept reports:

A number of videos posted by Syrian opposition media on the day of the attacks purport to show rebel fighters firing rockets at the same sites mentioned in the U.S. document. The March 2013 attacks in Damascus provide a concrete example of the role that foreign powers played in the day-to-day reality of the conflict. A number of videos posted by Syrian opposition media on the day of the attacks purport to show rebel fighters firing rockets at the same sites mentioned in the U.S. document. Local media reports from that day described an attack in which rockets struck within the areas of the presidential palace, a local government security branch, and the airport. A representative of the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted in a story the next day reporting the attacks, stating that they were unable to confirm whether they resulted in casualties. 

However, The Intercept's commentary is inaccurate in claiming that the Syrian Observatory (SOHR) did not report casualties from the attack as one of the Arabic news sources it links to above (Middle East based Alwatan News), reports:

"The Free Syrian Army targeted Kafr Sousa [an area of Damascus near Mezzeh] and they fired 24 missiles on Damascus airport… 60 people died in yesterday's attacks, according to the Syrian Observatory." [as translated by Zero Hedge]

And intense attacks continued through April and into the summer of 2013 according to international media reports from the time, also confirmed by a photo circulated through the AFP showing civilian passengers waiting in airport lounges the month following the initial March 2013 rocket attacks. 

While the Saudi-US role in fueling the jihadist insurgency from the earliest days of the war in Syria has long been thoroughly documented, this latest leaked NSA bombshell report provides astoundingly clear proof that the relationship between the anti-Assad insurgents and foreign intelligence was even more direct, and existed earlier in time than most analyst and mainstream pundits led the public to believe. 


Below is the leaked National Security Agency document published by The Intercept earlier today:

Leaked NSA document contents in text format: 

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Truther's picture

Evil. They are evil Wahabis. Fuck anyone whose name is Bin Saud.

Slippery Slope's picture

Fuck Obama And Th 3letter agencies too.

Juggernaut x2's picture

mossad via their NSA flunkies trying to pass off blame on the Saudis. anything that happens against Assad's regime in Syria is run through Tel Aviv/Langley first- the Saudis just provide the $. I'm not saying that the House of Saud aren't scum but- like 9-11- they just aren't running the show.

skbull44's picture

We need to stop acting surprised when our governments act in a criminal manner. They are, after all, criminal organisations born of violence and repression; or, as Murray Rothbard argued in Anatomy of the State: “The State is almost universally considered an institution of social service…[and that] we are the government…[But] the government is not ‘us.’ The government does not in any accurate sense ‘represent’ the majority of the people…Briefly, the State is that organization in society which attempts to maintain a monopoly of the use of force and violence in a given territorial area…Having used force and violence to obtain its revenue, the State generally goes on to regulate and dictate other actions of its individual subjects…[Moreover, the] State provides a legal, orderly, systematic channel for the predation of private property; it renders certain, secure, and relatively ‘peaceful’ the lifeline of the parasitic caste in society…The State has never been created by a ‘social contract’; it has always been born in conquest and exploitation…While force is their modus operandi, their basic and long-run problem is ideological. For in order to continue in office, any government (not simply a ‘democratic’ government) must have the support of the majority of its subjects…[Thus] the chief task of the rulers is always to secure the active or resigned acceptance of the majority of the citizens…For this essential acceptance, the majority must be persuaded by ideology that their government is good, wise and, at least, inevitable, and certainly better than other conceivable alternatives…Since most men tend to love their homeland, the identification of that land and its people with the State was a means of making natural patriotism work to the State’s advantage.”

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Welcome to the 'awakened' demographic :)

tmosley's picture

Things are moving faster now.

ThePhantom's picture

damn straight id say the tide just turned

Ignatius's picture

We didn't need Edward Snowden to tell us this.

Sibel Edmonds was on it early and 21st Century Wire brought in reports from the ground.

Bes's picture


didn't trump




and kiss the


of the saudi monarchy?


truthseeker47's picture

Nope, that was Obummer.

WTFRLY's picture

So I can say it here right? Joominati gonna j00

BuddyEffed's picture

Don't know about bowing or ring kissing, But there was that weird glowing orb they jointly fondled.

Escrava Isaura's picture

That’s the problem with ideologues, make good people knowledge too narrow.

skbull44: We need to stop acting surprised when our governments act in a criminal manner.

First: Saudi Arabia doesn’t have a government. Saudi Arabia has a private power ‘A King’ as their leader.

Second: Power, every power structure is a criminal enterprise.

Third: Governments, liberal or conservatives, are going to do with all governments do, look out for their interest.


The problems with humanity, basically, are within the Anglo Saxons on the Western and the Japaneses on the Eastern.

They’re too greedy, too industrialists, and too technical thus leading humanity to self-destruction.


Stuart's picture

AND the US acts upset when other govts meddle in its affairs... e.g.  Russia,... blatant hypocrites...criminal hypocrites.

espirit's picture

It's only just been noticed the tide has been turned.

You should have been ahead of the curve by now and realize a rising tide doesn't lift all boats.

Greed won't win this round.

Omen IV's picture

there is a lawsuit worth trillions against the USA for  being in Syria without permission and conducting war against assad and his people


Bulgarian journalist has reported transfer of weapons documented by USA over a month ago - sooner or later to be picked up by the right lawyers

DieselChadron's picture

Whatever.  They can sue, but they can't enforce shit.  Fighting the US military still means Mutually Assured Destruction.  Not sure if you've noticed, but the bad guys are still running the show round here.

Juliette's picture

Not sure if you noticed, but the US, Israel, Saudia, EU etc. have been almost defeated by Syria and Russia and there are only tiny pockets of western-backed terrorists remaining now.

DieselChadron's picture

umm. no.

US, Saudi, Israeli PROXIES have been defeated by the Russian air force, Syrian army, Iranian special forces, etc.  BIG difference.  Had the US military actually gotten involved, there would have been mutually assured destruction.  cuz Russia can destroy America - but America can also destroy Russia.  As it were, Putin played the board masterfully.  The proxies were destroyed and the US military never engaged.

Joiningupthedots's picture

Not sure if you noticed but the SAA have won and the American/Saudi/Jewish Alliance have lost?


DieselChadron's picture

LOL.. Who's acting surprised???  We've known about this since 2012.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Some arabs bombed some arab folks. 

Jack Oliver's picture

Funny - The KSA must be heading EAST !

You don't visit Russia ( with an 'entourage' of 1500 ) and seek talks with Putin about the FUCKING weather !!!

Watch the war in Yemen wind down as well !!!

You must remember - Russia never wanted this !

Russia just wanted to be treated as 'equals' - the Zio/US wanted to be without PEER !

He who laughs last ..........

veritas semper vinces's picture

Very smart comment.

Also,remember that in 2 months will see the petro yuan backed by GOLD.

China winningthe trade and economy and Russia(and allies Iran/Syria) winning the war.

Blow back on a multipolar level(pun intended)

The Evil Babylon is going down.

HowdyDoody's picture

"mossad via their NSA flunkies trying to pass off blame on the Saudis"

Possible. Israel has actually attacked ISIS positions in Syria recently (for the first time). They killed several leaders (aka getting rid of the evidence) in an airstrike.

I suspect Israel may be planning to do a land grab ('a buffer zone for security purposes') before their ISIS stooges are eliminated by the Syrian Army.

HopefulCynic's picture

And the US establishment along with THEIR Constitution. 

7thGenMO's picture

Hmmm...the NSA had prior knowledge about a Saudi attack on a civilian target.  OK, what about civilian targets outside of Syria?  Now I'm thinking 9-11 was indeed a false flag.

Wage Slave 927's picture

"The US intelligence memo - marked "Top Secret" - is arguably the most damning piece of evidence to date which gives internal US government confirmation of the direct role that both the Saudi and US governments played in fueling an armed insurgency which launched massive and well-coordinated attacks on civilians, civilian infrastructure, as well as military targets in pursuit of regime change. "


This was the work of The Brown Clown & Rodham, who together are responsible for the wholesale games of slaughter that ensued, and kiled half a million people.

HRClinton's picture

Time to turn him into a sashimi Salmon. With a side of goy sauce on wahhabi.

junction's picture

Just switch the World Trade Center for Damascus airport and you know who destroyed those buildinngs.  The U.S. government working with the Saudis.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Evil. They are evil Wahabis."

You are missing the point. We are in on it.

halcyon's picture

Fuck all those US 3-letter agencies that have supported the house of Saud for the past c. 70 years.

But hey, why should Americans complain, as long as they benefit.

Who gives a fuck about a few dead people somewhere else, when you can steal all the oil and sell all those weapon systems and dump all that USG trash-paper.

Nobody should be surprised about a headline like this.


thevekja's picture

Isn't PRISM the same thing being used against all domestic internet traffic? Reassuring to see that NSA cyber weapons aren't only deployed against US citizens

It's hard for me to fathom that they can collect any & all network traffic, anywhere in the world, whenever they want. But that is the paradigm we now live in

Wannabee's picture

But somehow no one can find 30k emails. Lol
Banana republic indeed

undertow1141's picture

Oh, the alphabet companies have those emails. They are implicated in them. 

BetterRalph's picture

And yet the SPY ring can't be shut down. STILL To this VERY SECOND.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

Please correct me if I am reading too much into this, and not viewing it as a 'conspiracy' but this looks very much to me like the script for 9/11 repurposed.


(TS//S1//NF) S2E332 issued three single source reports
March 2013 on Syrian opposition attacks against Damascus:
- Reports gave U.S. three days warning about 18 March 2013
attacks (2 year anniversary of revolution)
- Saudi Prince Salman bin Sultan directed opposition to "light
up Damascus " and "flatten" airport
- Saudis sent 120 tons of explosives/weapons to opposition
- Attacks against airport, Presidential palace and other locations
occurred on 18 March
- Saudis "very pleased" with outcome
- PRISM providing almost all collection on opposition plans
and operations


J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

Jack Oliver's picture

SOHR - One guy - in a flat - in Coventry !!

The MSM present him as a 'credible' source !!!

Of course the US was behind the 'terrorists' from the beginning !

And Israel is behind the US !!

Common knowledge !!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

The best part of this is we'll never know who's lying... Saudi Arabia or their whore with the "tiara and torch"!...

But at this point it don't matter. Aramco is on the public chopping block for "sale" and the U.S. is $24 trillion in the "shitter" looking for other sovereign Nation(s) energy to control with $$$ IT no longer HAS!


Hope they BOTH EXPLODE because it can't be soon enough given the level of inherent evil the both of them represent to the rest of the World!!!

VWAndy's picture

 And they sat on this info all this time. Not that we hadnt figured it out already.

GeezerGeek's picture

It is truly incredible how the dirty tricks of the DC Crime Cabal and the Deep State have been coming to light almost daily. If anyone actually cared to prosecute these miscreants the courts would be backed up for years and DC would be a ghost town.

Fortunately, we can rely on Jeffie to keep things from getting out of hand by sleep-walking through the muck.

FoggyWorld's picture

I thought that up until this afternoon when this started breaking out and I don't see how Sessions can do anything other than appoint another Special Counsel.  Too much is out there now for it to be overlooked any longer.

And if Sessions doesn't do what has to be done I suspect Trump will remove the always sleeping AG.

historian40's picture

"ISIS" and al-CIA-da are just labels for the same proxy army used by the zionist empire. 

They are blamed for 911, but the only ones to benefit were the zionist empire.

They used them to attack Libya, while the US/NATO openly provided the airforce, and then the proxies used Libyan arms to then move on to attack Syria.  They didn't even hide it, but didn't expect you to catch on.

These groups keep doing exactly what the empire wants, from "catalyst in the form of a new pearl harbor" in 911 for the PNAC, to murdering Gadaffi, to devastation and attempted regime change in Syria.  Want to scare the population into the arms of the government?  Have their proxies attack the people, even passing over nearby government and military targets.

Neochrome's picture

Country obliterated, half a million people dead, yet if you talk to all those politicians who supported that and their MSM cock suckers it was well worth it. Fucking gallows are too good for some people...

espirit's picture

Many need retribution.

May I live long enough to see it happen.

LetThemEatRand's picture

The only problem with revelations like this one is that no one cares.  The sheeple are asleep. It is only a "bombshell" for the few souls paying attention, the large majority of whom already suspected that the Syrian conflict was orchestrated by the Saudis and Isreal with US approval.   "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.  [Then I realized it was just that the internet went out during the World Series]."

espirit's picture

It didn't happen to me or anyone I love.

I get it... +1 Rand.

AurorusBorealus's picture

There was another attack recently very close to another major civilian airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.