SOURCES: SLAIN U.S. AMBASSADOR RECRUITED JIHADISTS. Egyptian officials say Stevens worked with Saudis against Assad

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By Aaron Klein

Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador murdered in Libya, played a central role in recruiting jihadists to fight Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, according to Egyptian security officials speaking  to WND.

Stevens served as a key contact in working with the Saudis to coordinate the recruitment by Saudi Arabia of Islamic fighters from North Africa and Libya. Those jihadists were sent to Syria via Turkey to attack Assad’s forces, said the security officials.

The officials said Stevens also worked with the Saudis in sending names of potential jihadi recruits to U.S. security organizations for review.  Those names found to be directly involved in previous attacks against the U.S., including in Iraq and Afghanistan, were ultimately not recruited by the Saudis to fight in Syria, said the officials.

Stevens and three other American diplomats were killed about two weeks ago in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi blamed on Islamists.

One witness to the mob scene in Libya said some of the gunmen attacking the U.S. installation had identified themselves as members of Ansar al-Shariah, which represents al-Qaida in Yemen and Libya.

The al-Qaida offshoot released a statement denying its members were behind the deadly attack, but a man identified as a leader of the Ansar brigade told Al Jazeera the group indeed took part in the Benghazi attack.

Al-Qaida among U.S.-supported rebels

 As WND reported last week, questions remain about the nature of U.S. support for the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, including reports the U.S.-aided rebels that toppled Muammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya consisted of al-Qaida and jihad groups. The U.S. provided direct assistance, including weapons and finances, to the Libyan rebels.

Similarly, the Obama administration is currently aiding the rebels fighting Assad’s regime in Syria amid widespread reports that al-Qaida jihadists are included in the ranks of the Free Syrian Army.

During the revolution against Gadhafi’s regime, the U.S. admitted to directly arming the rebel groups.

At the time, rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi admitted in an interview that a significant number of the Libyan rebels were al-Qaeda fighters, many of whom had fought U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaida are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.”

Adm. James Stavridis, NATO supreme commander for Europe, admitted Libya’s rebel force may include al-Qaida: “We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al-Qaida, Hezbollah.”

Former CIA officer Bruce Riedel went even further, telling the Hindustan Times: “There is no question that al-Qaida’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition. It has always been Gadhafi’s biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi. What is unclear is how much of the opposition is al-Qaida/Libyan Islamic Fighting Group – 2 percent or 80 percent.”

In Syria, meanwhile, the U.S. may be currently supporting al-Qaida and other jihadists fighting with the rebels targeting Assad’s regime.

 Al-Qaida among U.S.-supported rebels

However, questions remain about the nature of U.S. support for the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, including reports the U.S.-aided rebels that toppled Muammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya consisted of al-Qaida and jihad groups. The U.S. provided direct assistance, including weapons and finances, to the Libyan rebels.

Similarly, the Obama administration is currently aiding the rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria amid widespread reports that al-Qaida jihadists are included in the ranks of the Free Syrian Army.

During the revolution against Gadhafi’s regime, the U.S. admitted to directly arming the rebel groups.

At the time, rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi admitted in an interview that a significant number of the Libyan rebels were al-Qaeda fighters, many of whom had fought U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaida are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.”

Adm. James Stavridis, NATO supreme commander for Europe, admitted Libya’s rebel force may include al-Qaida: “We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al-Qaida, Hezbollah.”

Former CIA officer Bruce Riedel went even further, telling the Hindustan Times: “There is no question that al-Qaida’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition. It has always been Gadhafi’s biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi. What is unclear is how much of the opposition is al-Qaida/Libyan Islamic Fighting Group – 2 percent or 80 percent.”

In Syria, meanwhile, the U.S. may be currently supporting al-Qaida and other jihadists fighting with the rebels targeting Assad’s regime.

Last month, WND quoted a senior Syrian source claiming at lease 500 hardcore mujahedeen from Afghanistan, many of whom were spearheading efforts to fight the U.S. there, have been killed in clashes with Syrian forces last month.

Also last month, WND reported that Jihadiya Salafia in the Gaza Strip, a group that represents al-Qaida in the coastal territory, had declared three days of mourning for its own jihadists who died in Syria in recent weeks.

There have been widespread reports of al-Qaida among the Syrian rebels, including in reports by Reuters and the New York Times.

WND reported in May there is growing collaboration between the Syrian opposition and al-Qaida as well as evidence the opposition is sending weapons to jihadists in Iraq, according to an Egyptian security official.

The military official told WND that Egypt has reports of collaboration between the Syrian opposition and three al-Qaida arms, including one the operates in Libya:

  • Jund al-Sham, which is made up of al-Qaida militants who are Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese;
  • Jund al-Islam, which in recent years merged with Ansar al-Islam, an extremist group of Sunni Iraqis operating under the al-Qaida banner and operating in Yemen and Libya;
  • Jund Ansar al-Allah, an al-Qaida group based in Gaza linked to Palestinian camps in Lebanon and Syria.

U.S. officials have stated the White House is providing nonlethal aid to the Syrian rebels while widespread reports have claimed the U.S. has been working with Arab countries to ensure the opposition in Syria is well armed.

  • andyvanm

    Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador played with fire and got burned for it ,unfortunately taking three brave soldiers lives along with his .

  • http://twitter.com/hidefullofHoney f. lindsay

    TROUBLE

  • Maximus Max

    Check out not only the story here, but the comment before mine from Petra. MUCH more to this entire fiasco than we may EVER know, especially given how successful this administration wad in covering up fast & furious.

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  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/UPrv4ssqwvt6yoPCb2fa4P.onEe5UmVG#edfc3 Petra

    Who, what, where, how…did the movie get traction?
    The Salifist Mullah Khaled Abdullah, (from the state security in the Islamist arena in Egypt since 1990s), was the first to carry the story to an Egyptian Salifist TV Channel. The youtube is no longer available. Wesam Abdel Warith president of a popular Salafi channel called for a demonstration along with another extremist Salafi sheikh, Abu Yahia, who in 2011 was a key instigator in the burning of Coptic Churches in Imbaba, Cairo, he said the woman had converted to Islam. Nader Bakker from the Salafist al Nour party, and partners with President Mohammed Morsi’s party, told Jazeera Mubasher that the film had been broadcast over US channels. The blind sheikhs brother – sons were at the Cairo protest.
    http://egyptianchronicles.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-09-21T17:02:00%2B02:00
    http://asenseofbelonging.org/2012/09/11/salafis-muslim-youth-protest-anti-muhammad-film-at-us-embassy/
    The man at the beginning of the tape says in English to the cameraman – “I bet they’ll kill him” a short while later there’s shots. The men entering the building behind the older man are probably Feb17 people:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmGILRWEcHo&feature=player_embedded
    Where did these Salafist Mullahs get the tape? And why can’t we call them what they really are, Jihad Wahhabi-Salafists, which is a lot easier, more descriptive, and easier to tie to the Muslim Brotherhood.
    Hillary Clinton stated she was having Tom Pickering investigate. You should look him up as he’s a very big player in these pipeline false flags.