[Marxism] Fwd: [change-links] Iraq asked Syria’s Assad to stop aiding ‘jihadists’: Former official

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Iraq asked Syria's Assad to stop aiding 'jihadists': Former official
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Iraq's former national security advisor says that prior to Syrian uprising,
Assad was helping 'jihadi' militants train in Syria to fight in Iraq
Former Iraqi national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in front of
a bust of late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Baghdad on 23 December
2013 (AFP)
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Iraq's former national security advisor Mowaffak al-Rubaie had warned
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against supporting "jihadi" militants who
later become leaders in the Islamic State (IS), the former top Iraqi
official said.

The alleged support and training for the militants took place in Syria and
was carried out by government security forces who reportedly wanted to keep
American troops busy fighting in Iraq following the 2003 US-led invasion of
the country.

"I went and met President Bashar al-Assad twice, and presented him with
material evidence, documents, satellite pictures, confessions, all sort of
evidence that his security forces were involved in active (sic) and
transporting jihadist from Syria to Iraq," Rubaie told Al Jazeera, in the
first of a two-part documentary
 entitled *Enemy of Enemies: The Rise of ISIL *aired earlier this week.

"And also, there were training camps with names and locations. He (Assad)
was in total denial of that. I remember telling him that this will - in no
time – backfire on Syria," he added.

The documentary suggested that there were secret meeting between
representatives of Assad, and former Iraqi Baathist officers as well as
"jihadi" militants. It says that the meetings were hosted by Damascus prior
to the Syrian uprising in March 2011. It is unclear when exactly they met.

Syria's Assad and Iraq's toppled president Saddam Hussain belong to rival
branches of the Arab Baath Party. However, it is thought that following the
US-led invasion, supporters of the two Baath parties found a common ground
against the Americans.

In the documentary, Rubaie suggested that Iraq's former Baath party
officials now hold key positions in IS, although they do not share the
militants' proclaimed religious zeal.

"I interrogated one of these ISIL guys, now he said '[in] all our meetings,
we have a guy who hides his face, clean shaved. He is not the Emir, he is
the deputy Emir, but no decision is made without consulting him'," said

"He doesn't take part in the prayer. He doesn't practice Islam. And his
jargon is not the jihadi jargon, it's the Baathist, pan-Arabist, Arab
nationalist jargon," he added.

It is not the first time a senior Iraqi figure has accused Syria's Assad of
"exporting terror" to Iraq during the US occupation.

In 2009, former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused
Syrian government of harbouring "terrorists" who plan and carry out attacks
against Iraq – a charge that was denied by Assad.

"Ninety percent of terrorists from different Arabic nationalities
infiltrated Iraq through Syrian territory," Maliki said back then,
demanding "that the Syrian side hand over the main people wanted in this
crime" and "expel the terrorists, Baathists and Takfiris who take Syria as
a base to launch criminal activity inside Iraq".

Following the Syrian uprising against, however, Maliki threw his support
behind Assad.

In a separate occasion during the Al Jazeera documentary, Rubaie also took
aim at the US occupying forces for releasing tens of thousands of Iraqi
prisoners before America withdrew its troops from Iraq in the end of 2011.

"I'm not saying Iraqi prisons were the ideal prisons; OK there were some
inhumane things committed in these prisons. True, because we are in a state
of war – continuous state of war," said Rubaie

But the releasing of Iraqi prisoners from the US-run Camp Bucca
was "a real disaster" as the Americans suffer from "chronic recurrent
short-termism," charged Rubaie.
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