Friends of Syria: a Phony Front To Push al-Qaeda into Syria
February 23, 2012 • 9:57AM

On Feb. 24, Friends of Syria, a front set up by the Riyadh-Doha-London-Washington coterie to topple Syria's al-Assad regime, will hold a conference in Tunis. Russia has already turned down the invitation to attend the conference, and Aleksey Pushkov, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in Russia's Lower House of Parliament, told the RT that "the sole purpose of that conference is not to find a way out of the current situation, but to promote the idea that the conflict can only be resolved if Assad leaves."

While the Friends of Syria are putting up the charade, reports are coming in which indicate weapons and terrorists moving inside Syria by truckloads to commit violence. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Wednesday said that Moscow has "confirmed information" that the Syrian opposition has been receiving "weapons and money from abroad", and called for refraining from such activities which ignite internal conflict and further inflame it. Gatilov expressed his country's concern over the preparations for foreign intervention in Syria despite official denials of this matter.

In effect, al-Qaeda has been once again integrated into U.S. and British covert operations in Syria. It was during the first Afghanistan War (1979-90) that al-Qaeda was created, as part of the U.S., British, and Saudi Arabian "mujahideen" operations to drive the Soviet Army out of the country. More recently, al-Qaeda allies from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group were an integral part of the U.S.- and NATO-led coalition that ousted Muammar Qaddafi from power and then executed him while he was in custody.