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According to new international reports, the United States may have recently formed a strategic alliance with some anti-Assad factions operating within Syria.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current top leader of Al-Qaeda, recently released an eight minute video in which he calls on anti-Assad elements within Syria to coordinate with the current military campaign to take down President Bashar Assad. It is becoming more apparent that Al Qaeda may be operating within Syria with the financial help of foreign governments.
It has already been reported that British special operation units are on the ground in Syria "operating with rebel forces under cover in the Syrian city of Homs just 162 kilometers from Damascus."
Even U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has publicly admitted that Al Qaeda, and other terror organizations, are fighting with the U.S. against the Assad government in Syria.
Of course, America and Britain have had plans to overthrow the Syrian government for more than 50 years. Documents released to the public around ten years ago show how in 1957 Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria's pro-western neighbors. The plot involved a full scale invasion complete with multiple assassinations.
Of course, the derelict corporate-controlled mainstream media in the West is too busy talking about Rush Limbaugh's "slut" comment, and Snooki's pregnancy to dig into anything this potentially explosive.
While this may sound outlandish, we already know that the former head of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan during the 1980's. In fact, American taxpayers funded Bin Laden to the tune of $3 billion. The West obviously didn't have the foresight to realize that Bin Laden would turn his U.S. made arsenal of weapons against the West when the U.S. stationed it's military in the holiest of all places in Islam: Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. has had a difficult time building an international case against Syria. They were rejected in their attempts to take their case against Syria to the UN Security Council. Now that America's options have been narrowed, it would be no surprise if they have decided to lock arms once again with Al Qaeda to bring down the Assad government.
The video above contains an interesting interview with author, Stephen Lender, who makes some serious allegations that the United States has not only entangled itself in a working relationship with Al Qaeda in Syria, but that Al Qaeda is actually a creation of the CIA.
Press TV: Your take Stephen on this latest news about al-Qaeda terrorist actually joining in against the Syrian government, fighting against the Syrian government?
Lendman: Well I am not at all surprised because go back to Libya, the so-called Libyan Islamic fighting group was composed largely of al-Qaeda members. At the same time what's never reported in the West is that al-Qaeda was a CIA creation and America uses al-Qaeda strategically as both enemy and ally.
It is amazing. That is exactly what goes on. So America can vilify al-Qaeda as a terrorist organization and at the same time for many years it used al-Qaeda strategically, it did in Libya and it appears it is doing it again in Syria, just a replication of the Libya model.
Press TV: What does that mean exactly Stephen? How can you be friend and foe at the same time? Or does it mean they are friends but in a disguise of foe? What exactly does this mean?
Lendman: It is mainly a rhetorical difference. The public stance of my country, the United States is al-Qaeda is a terrorist organization, covertly al-Qaeda is used as an ally as it was done in Libya, it was done in the 1990's, it is being done against Syria.
So the rhetoric on the one hand you have the enemy and the policy on the other hand you have the ally. I think that is the basic division.
Press TV: Okay, well in the story I just read also there was a reference to the fact that al-Qaeda though claiming to be anti-Israeli has never attacked Israeli interest but has caused a lot of chaos in Islamic or Muslim countries.
What does that say about the organization itself which claims to be a Muslim organization but it seems that it attacks, many, many attacks in the Islamic world? So what does that say about this organization itself?
Lendman: Well I think it exposes, it shows that it seems to be more allied with the Western interest than the interest of human rights, civil liberties and freedom for people in Muslim states.
I mean that is exactly right. Israel might claim that some kind of an attack was done by al-Qaeda, it does not mean that it was, but I think in fact what you said is exactly right. Al-Qaeda has not gone after Israel. It is not really going after America. It seems to go after the enemies of America and Israel. It is a terrible situation.
Press TV: And also with al-Qaeda and this creation, hasn't it serve the interest let's say more of the West and Muslim countries in creating a very negative image about Muslims in general when as a matter of fact actually they are the antitheses of Islam?
Lendman: Well post 9/11 in America my country declared war on Islam. It does not say that but that is exactly what it is, both abroad and at home. I mean Muslims have been vilified at home; there are congressional committees that look into investigating Muslims like they are a fifth column threat to America.
Muslims are no different than anybody else but you would never know it following the US media and the extremist that infest the US Congress and promote hate. And there are other independent organizations with former government officials, of people related to them and they literally fuel hate against Muslim people characterizing them as terrorists and so on and so forth.
This is a post 9/11 phenomenon. They really have gotten completely out of control and then you extend it to what is going on abroad and you list all kinds of organizations that have nothing to do with terrorism like the Hezbollah in Lebanon, like Hamas in Gaza and you call them terrorist organizations because Israel wants the State Department to do this and when Israel makes a demand of the State Department or the Congress or the administration they go along.
So again you got al-Qaeda on the one hand, you got all other groups and you have got the worst despotic states in the Middle East- Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen- I mean these regimes, I mean they are all part of this business of going after the enemies of America.