Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Syria's Fingerprints

In the wake of the arrest of a high ranking member of the Al-Qaeda organisation in a Beirut hotel yesterday (check the comments section of our update thread for yesterday's events), Lebanese news website, Naharnet, has published a bevy of information revealed by the bust, and disclosed by one anonymous yet 'reliable' source.

Here are the juicy bits (emphasis mine):

According to this reliable source, this very dangerous terrorist had illegaly crossed into Lebanon from Syria overland. He had come over the weekend to coordinate with Fatah al Islam militants currently barricaded in the Nahr el Bared Refugee Camp and battling the Lebanese Army.

The source also revealed that the arrested man had "sold out al-Qaida in favor of cooperation with Syrian intelligence after he was offered safe haven in Syria", effectively making him a "Syrian Double Agent."

The source explained that al-Qaeda is "no more a solid-structure network. Many of its ranking members have joined several intelligence agencies and are used to infiltrate, control and direct local Qaida-inspired fanatics to carry out attacks that serve the interests of these intelligence agencies.

"Fatah al-Islam, the source added, "is one of such local groups. Its members are inspired by al-Qaida ideology, but its attacks are directed by Syrian intelligence officers."

The man, according to the source, had also turned in a wanted high-ranking Saudi member of al-Qaida known as Abu Talha, to the Syrian intelligence last week. "He did the Syrians a major favor that could help them boost their tense relations with the Americans."

After turning in Abu Talha, the Syrian intelligence command "sent the suspect to Lebanon to re-organize Fatah al-Islam and other Syrian-sponsored terrorists and sponsor a spate of attacks on a variety of targets in Lebanon aimed at destabilizing the situation," the source added.

"The Syrians want to destabilize Lebanon and tell the Americans: 'We can control the situation like we arrested Abu Talha. Strike a deal with us and Lebanon would be under control'," the source said.

According to the source, Fatah al-Islam terrorists arrested in north Lebanon "told investigators of the suspect's moves and revealed important information which led to his arrest."
In a related development, the source said police also arrested "two Syrian nationals" that had with them "dozens of photographs of Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Abdul Aziz Khoja."
"They had pictures of him at his apartment's balcony, at the entrance to the building and in so many other locations. It appears they were monitoring his moves in preparation for an attack on him," the source added without further elaboration.
It is worth noting that this entire article was based on the word of one man who's identity was not revealed, and therefore his motives and reliablility can't be independently verified. But if the information turns out to be true, this will be one more brick in the mounting wall of evidence against a regime (and its allies) intent on throwing this country into chaos.

It is a chaos we must all stand together in resistance of and in support of this country, this state, and its institutions - including a Lebanese Army that continues to battle these Syrian-backed militants in the North!

12 comments:

  1. Hi,

    Not read your site fully so apologies if I have assumed anything, but your site seems to be very pro-govt.

    While it is obvious to anyone that Syria is intent on causing problems in Lebanon I think it would be naive to assume that all the problems are Syrian related.

    To expand, imho there is a battle going on for Lebanon and for its future. The bad news, the very bad news imho, is that both sides in this battle care not a jot for the country but for how they can use it. Even worse, there are from among us, people willing to help one side or the other, some to increase their political strength, others to increase their personal wealth and some simply because they hate the other side. If we Lebanese do not see this, and do not stop supporting either side with such partisan attitudes then we will only be contributing to our own downfall.

    Im not saying we shouldn't be taking sides, thats only natural as some of those that we know have ulterior motives also sadly represent more of what we believe in while the other side does not - and that stands no matter what side you are on. What I am saying is that maybe we, the normal population, should stop being so partisan and so one sided in our support. We must concede as to where the other has a point and we must accept that both sides are backed by people who have everything BUT our welfare at the heart of their agenda and we must call our leaders, the ones we support on those points. If you support Hizballah, ask your own leaders what is the safe transit of arms worth if it destroys stability of the country. Ask them how far will they cover for Syria for these arms. And if you support the govt. ask why do they continue to steal from the people. Ask why they are so cosy with the US when it sends our soldiers cases of bullets while it sends Israel cases of smart missiles and f-16s. When we see each other asking our own leaders the questions are brethren and fellow nationals want answered, then we can begin to build trust amongst one another. And if and when we can see through the partisan fog we will be able to build a future.

    Thanks for reading.

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  2. Syria is playing games that come straight out of a John LeCarre spy novel. Assad's attempts and goals are obvious but the "diplomatic" world will ignore the truth and respond based on his lies.

    No, not all problems in Lebanon are Syrian based. However, Government instability can be traced back to Assad. If Lebanon is to remain a nation, it must stand on it's own and confront Bashir Assad directly. Lebanon must also be willing to take in Allies that it has spurned, namely the US and Israel.

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  3. "Lebanon must also be willing to take in Allies that it has spurned, namely the US and Israel"

    did you just stop reading my post after the first paragraph?

    The US and Israel are to half the population what Syria is to the other half. And that half already thinks that the other side is as allied to US and Israel as the other side think that half is allied to Syria.

    Stop the propoganda crap, no one belives it (unless they want to). The US and Israel have no better intentions for Lebanon than Syria does. The sooner the Lebanese see that the sooner we bypass their respective representatives the sooner we get to a solution.

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  4. MZ, I did not read your comment. When I post comments I usually don't read the other comments already posted.

    However, What are the intentions of Israel and the US with Lebanon?

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  5. James,
    Thats fine if you are not answering them, but if you argue going to answer a particular post it helps to read it :)

    For the Israelis there is one issue above all else, one issue that is so existential it makes terrorism, iranian nukes and Hizballah all moot and that is water. The Litani is the only river in the ME that starts and ends in the same country. It was a demand Ben Gurion made in the agreement with the Hashemites that the Litani be included in Israels borders. It was part of Dayans plans to install a puppet president in Lebanon that would allow them to divert the Litani.

    As long as there is a Hizballah the Israelis know there is no Litani.

    Between the Israeli wanting our waters and Syria wanting our lands I guess we get to keep the Knafeh.

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  6. MZ,

    Your mentioning of Litani is the first time I heard of this.

    However, I believe Lebanon would have it better in dealing with Israel over water than Syria for the land. I believe Bashir Assad's intentions to be more nefarious than Israels. A peaceful neighbor and an Ally to the South is what Lebanon needs.

    As for comments, I usually just post my own thoughts and then move on to something else. I usually don't intend to "argue" with other commenters.

    AS for "one side or the other", this is natural. The Lebanese government is weak and susceptible to the agitation of Hizbollah. However, it is also "corrupt". Mr. Saniora appearst o be more worried about his own well being than his peoples. The US gives missiles to Israel and bullets to Lebanon because the government in Lebanon is susceptible to the influence of Hizbollah. In order for Lebanon to belong to the Lebanese, they have to stand up for it. The government is lame and the terrorists are evil. This is going to lead to anoterh civil war. If anything, the previous civil war never ended it has just taken a hiatus.

    Don't take my words as condescending or judgemental. I am just trying to figure all of this out just as many people are.

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  7. Anonymous7:49 PM

    i do not understand what is the added value of this post, you simply copied the article from naharnet.

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  8. Anon,
    It got me and MZ talking.

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  9. Copied and attributed, Anonymous. The value added is for those who might've missed it.

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  10. Good point, James. I'll try to jump into the fray a little later as I'm a bit tied up now (only metaphorically, so far).

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  11. James,
    Apologies that was supposed to read "if you are going to answer" not "argue". Freudian slip perhaps?

    As for the Litani, feel free to look it up, you will find lots about it.

    Peaceful neighbours is what Lebanon truly needs yes. Who is more nefarious is a whole other argument. However, dealing with Israel is a non-starter. As I have mentioned half the population will not accept this and what we need is reconcilliation not actions that will stir up animosity.

    I think you are absolutely right that the previous war never ended becasue there was no closure. No one was punished and those that perpetrated the crimes on all sides are still in charge. They just found an easier way to rake in the money (which is what the war was about post-79ish).

    I take your point about the bullets but it could also be argued that were the US providing proper weaponry to the Lebanese Army the raison d'etre of Hizballahs weapons would become obsolete. However, stating the governement is lame and that Hizballah is evil (I presume you mean them when u say terrorist) does no one any favours. Again, half the population would agree with you but the other half considers Hizballah heroes. For there to be any progress we have to get past these labels. After all, if in my posts I had labeled you lame or evil or you had done me, the conversation would never have got this far.

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  12. The Army needs to go in very soon, all this procastination isn't really helping anyone as all the refugees have been taken out, and the PLO guys have gotten a handle on the other camps and the Syrian groups in them.

    Time to go in and eliminate these scum and it is fitting to do it on the same day as the UNSC passes the Int'l Resolution Bill, hit the masters and the slaves at the same time!

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