[Marxism] America's hidden agenda in Syria's war - The National

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu May 9 07:57:03 MDT 2013

It was some six months ago that Syrian rebel commanders met US 
intelligence officers in Jordan to discuss the status of the war and, 
the rebels hoped, to secure supplies of the sophisticated weapons they 
need to overthrow President Bashar Al Assad.

But according to one of the commanders present at the meeting, the 
Americans were more interested in talking about Jabhat Al Nusra, the Al 
Qaeda-affiliated group waging war on the Syrian regime than they were in 
helping the rebels advance on Damascus.

The commander - a moderate Sunni and an influential rebel leader from 
Damascus who said he has met intelligence operatives from Western and 
Arab states - said the US officials were especially keen to obtain 
information about the identities of Al Nusra insurgents and the 
locations of their bases.

Then, by the rebel commander's account, the discussion took an 
unexpected turn.

The Americans began discussing the possibility of drone strikes on Al 
Nusra camps inside Syria and tried to enlist the rebels to fight their 
fellow insurgents.


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