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The Times: Instructors from the U.S. and Europe training Syrian militants in Jordan

11.03.2013 09:54

Military instructors from the U.S. and European countries are training Syrian opposition fighters at bases in Jordan. This was reported by The Times citing diplomats and undercover men operating in the Middle East region. According to the newspaper, the American and European advisers are training the opposition military forces not related to radical Islamists of Jabhat an-Nusra movement, which is an offshoot of al-Qaeda.

As is reported by The Times, the training operation for the Syrian opposition militants is coordinated with Israel, which fears that the Syrian radicals may use the received fighting experience and weapons against it.

"The United States and some of its European allies are in charge of training bases for Syrian militants in Jordan, thus trying to strengthen moderate groups that seek to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad," the newspaper says.

"This step is the most far-reaching example of U.S. involvement in the Syrian crisis, it reflects fears that Islamic militants from organizations such as Jabhat an-Nusra play a leading role in the struggle against the regime," the newspaper says. According to its data, "the intelligence service officers in the region said the U.S. had began to train the rebels five months ago, before the re-election of President Barack Obama, according to strict criteria agreed by the U.S. and its allies." "A Western diplomat based in Amman stressed that the rebels are taught how to secure chemical weapons, and not how to use it," says the British edition. "This greatly enhances the status of the Syrian opposition's military wing but the Syrian rebels, at least for now, will not get the weapons they have asked for from America, such as anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades," The Times specifies.

"British soldiers are expected to participate but the UK Ministry of Defence has denied it," the newspaper continues.

As The Times reports, "Israeli officials say they are closely monitoring the learning process, which, according to one diplomat, from the very beginning was coordinated with Israel." "We wanted to know who undergoes training, and what they are taught If you are teaching a rebel base maneuvers and the use of light weapons, this is not that difficult to teach them to run anti-aircraft or anti-ship missile," said the Israeli source.

What lies behind the evasive wording of The Times (strengthen moderate groups, U.S. involvement in the Syrian crisis, secure chemical weapons, etc.) becomes clear after seeing pictures of Syrian cities devastated by the war against the "moderate oppositionists" and the statistics of victims of this conflict.

Recall that the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has recently said that the success of the dialogue between the government and the opposition will depend on the termination of funding and arms supplies, mainly from Turkey and Qatar, to Syria.

As to the chemical weapons issue that has recently dominated in the pages of the Israeli media, the President said: "Have you ever heard that any country has used chemical weapons in the fight against terrorism? I have not heard of such cases. How can we use a weapon of mass destruction, chasing small groups of terrorists scattered everywhere? ... I think they resort to this argument to exert more pressure on Syria or to prepare an attack on it."

In effect, the threat of chemical weapon use in Syria and its falling into the Islamists' hands might be simply prevented by termination of support with arms, and finances and the same rebels' diplomatic means, which has been done by the Western countries led by the U.S. and France since the start of the crisis in Syria.

Teaching the persons who practice terrorism against government forces and civilians, of chemical weapon handling skills, will obviously serve other purposes other than security assurance.

Meanwhile, the UN called on countries to refrain from providing military support to the participants of the conflict in Syria. It was announced by Deputy Spokesperson for the U.N. Secretary General Eduardo Del Buey, commenting on the U.S.' and the EU's plans to provide additional assistance to the Syrian opposition.

"The Secretary-General believes that any attempt to arm the opposing sides in the Syrian conflict will not do any good. Military means will not bring success - this requires negotiations. The Secretary General's position in this regard for two years has not changed," said Del Buey.

In turn, the Group of Friends of Syria, in defiance of the UN's position, has committed to give greater political and material support to the anti-Assad opposition. "The coalition as the only legitimate representative of the Syrian people, will receive positive assistance inside Syria," the meeting participants noted in the joint communique. Later information came from Brussels that the EU will give the FSA militants non-lethal military equipment.

Recognition of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces by the U.S. and Western countries completely contradicts their policies to combat terrorism, as factions of the coalition have repeatedly claimed responsibility for organizing terrorist attacks in which dozens of civilians were killed.

Support for terrorists by the United States is also reflected in Washington's actions in the international arena. On February 21 this year the U.S. blocked the adoption of the UN Security Council's draft statement for the press, prepared by Russia, condemning the terrorist attack in Damascus and presenting condolences to the victims and relatives of the dead. "Unfortunately, the U.S. delegation - for the twentieth time - has blocked the Security Council's necessary response to the terrorist attack, linking it to other issues. We find unacceptable such a search of justifying the actions of the terrorists. It is obvious that the U.S. delegation thus encourages those whose targets many times were American interests too, including the U.S. diplomatic representations," a press release by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN reads.

All these facts once again confirm the correctness of statements of Bashar al-Assad, who said: "While the United States anywise supports the terrorists, it can be considered the extremists' partner. "With arms, money, or social or political support in the United Nations, - all is inextricably linked." "It provides the gangs with political protection in order to destabilize Syria. The U.S.A. is part of the conflict."

According to the portal, the U.S. fight against terrorism is of selective character, and in some cases becomes a reverse process - cooperation to achieve common goals. International terrorism and particularly al-Qaeda have become a tool that allowed the U.S. to continue its aggressive policy of expansion of spheres of influence after the collapse of the USSR.

Considering that the history of cooperation between the U.S. and al-Qaeda began as far back as 1980 in the Afghan war against the Soviet Union, there is every reason to believe that ever since this cooperation has not stop helping the U.S. to create occasions for implementation of its geopolitical interests in different parts of the world under the banner of "fighting terrorism".