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Dodgy Turks: ‘NATO Ally’ Helped al Qaida To Kidnap New US-trained Rebel Fighters

“There’s no ideological difference between Daash and the Nusra Front, just a political fight for control.”
Syrian Rebel Commander

21st Century Wire says…

Ever since Washington’s war hawks pursued their 1.0 Plan to arm and train their “moderate rebels” in 2011, and then the same plan, albeit rebooted with new US Federal dollars, the new Rebel 2.0 Plan this year (designed to train 5,400 opposition fighters, but could only manage a mere 60 so far), 21WIRE and other alternative media outlets have consistently warned what a failure NATO’s latest $500 million clandestine ‘train and equip’ debacle truly is (for those who argue, “It’s not NATO”, when all the major players are NATO allies, it is NATO, so get used to it).

According to a new report by McClatchy Newspapers (see full story below), a Turkish Intelligence ‘tip-off’ to al Qaida’s Nusra Front allowed the terrorists to kidnap at least 54 graduates from the newly formed US ‘moderate rebel’ (terrorist) training academy, as they crossed into Syria on July 29th.

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MIT: Turkish Intelligence Services.

From the beginning, Washington has been lying to the public about nearly every clandestine aspect of the plan to destroy the nation state of Syria. Is this finally proof that NATO ally Turkey has been using its intelligence network to do the real dirty work in Syria – aiding the bevy of foreign-financed, murderous takfiri mercenaries – al Qaida, al Nusra, Ahrar al Sham, et all and by extension – ISIS? No matter which way you cut it, the entire US-led enterprise has been a fraud from the beginning.

Is Turkey working on its own volition, or is this subterfuge part of a larger more complex agenda? McClatchy’s

One official from southern Turkey said the arrival plans for the graduates of the so-called train-and-equip program were leaked to Nusra in hopes the rapid disintegration of the program would push the Americans into expanding the training and arming of rebel groups focused on toppling the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.”

This news could certainly dovetail nicely into both Turkey and Israel’s goal of removing the current Syrian government from power, and then carving the country up into smaller states, and taking pieces of land which are beneficial to those respective countries, as well as Turkey’s primary objective to weaken and ultimately destroy the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, in Syria – who are aligned with Istanbul’s long-time nemesis, the Kurdish Workers Party, or PKK. Israel has been aiding al Nusra both under and over the table with medical aid, weapons and air cover. This fact has been blacked-out by the US and UK media, although it has been reported in the Israeli press.

Washington always claimed that their new program was only to build-up a new ‘moderate rebel’ army to fight ISIS, and not to fight Syrian President Assad’s own security forces (which was Washington and London’s initial public policy regarding Syria). It could be argues that the entire ‘train and equip’ operation might just be an intentionally lack-luster effort, and an elaborate ruse orchestrated by NATO at its highest levels – to create a failed proxy war policy, in order to nudge towards all-out regime change in Damascus, and even the eventual deployment of actual coalition troops into Syria.

“Aymenn al Tamimi, an expert on Syrian and Iraqi jihadist groups for the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum, said Turkish support for what he called “the Salafi-Jihadi-Islamist coalition in the north” is clear.”


“He said that support is likely both ideological and tactical.”

Or perhaps, this subterfuge is partly the work of Washington’s neoconservative, pro-war and pro-Israeli factions who would like to see ‘Obama’s policy’ fail, in order to escalate a more aggressive military policy for Syria. Either way, it’s a dirty war by the west.

If this story gains any traction in the US media, it may be the final nail in the coffin for Washington’s most pathetic nation-building adventure ever – at least this phase of the operation…

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EPIC FAIL: Aging war hawk, US Senator John McCain, was the driving force behind Washington’s failed policy of arming and training a militant Syrian opposition.


– The kidnapping of a group of U.S.-trained moderate Syrians moments after they entered Syria last month to confront the Islamic State was orchestrated by Turkish intelligence, multiple rebel sources have told McClatchy.

The rebels say that the tipoff to al Qaida’s Nusra Front enabled Nusra to snatch many of the 54 graduates of the $500 million program on July 29 as soon as they entered Syria, dealing a humiliating blow to the Obama administration’s plans for confronting the Islamic State.


TERROR INTERLOPERS: NATO has been knowingly aiding some of the worse fanatical murdering terrorists in history.

Rebels familiar with the events said they believe the arrival plans were leaked because Turkish officials were worried that while the group’s intended target was the Islamic State, the U.S.-trained Syrians would form a vanguard for attacking Islamist fighters that Turkey is close to, including Nusra and another major Islamist force, Ahrar al Sham.

A senior official at the Turkish Foreign Ministry, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, declined to respond to questions about the incident, saying any discussion of Turkey’s relationship with Nusra was off limits.

Other Turkish officials acknowledged the likely accuracy of the claims, though none was willing to discuss the topic for attribution. One official from southern Turkey said the arrival plans for the graduates of the so-called train-and-equip program were leaked to Nusra in hopes the rapid disintegration of the program would push the Americans into expanding the training and arming of rebel groups focused on toppling the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S. military, which oversees the program, had seen “no indications that Turkish officials alerted the Nusra Front to the movements” of the U.S.-trained forces.

“Turkey is a NATO ally, close friend of the United States and an important partner in the international coalition” against the Islamic State, he said in an email.

The United States and Turkey have clashed for years over what U.S. officials characterize as Turkey’s willingness to work with Nusra, which the U.S. declared a foreign terrorist organization nearly three years ago. Turkey also has openly criticized the train-and-equip program for its insistence that participants agree to focus their efforts on defeating the Islamic State, not on battling Assad.

The abductions opened the program to ridicule in the United States, where supporters of arming Syrian rebels quickly used it to make their case that Obama administration policy toward the Syrian conflict is inept.

The United States and Turkey have clashed for years over Turkey’s willingness to work with Nusra.

“Only the Americans and the Turks knew” about the plans for the train-and-equip fighters to enter Syria, said an officer of Division 30, the rebel group with which the newly trained Syrians were to work. “We have sources who tell us the Turks warned Nusra that they would be targeted by this group.”

The Division 30 officer asked not to be identified for his own safety and because Nusra still holds 22 of his comrades in Azzaz, a Syrian town just south of the Turkish border.

“Right now the only thing keeping our men alive is that Turkey does not want them executed – al Qaida always executes Arabs who work for the CIA,” he said. He suggested that Turkey was trying “to leverage the incident into an expanded role in the north for the Islamists in Nusra and Ahrar” and to persuade the United States to “speed up the training of rebels.”

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