West Hangs Syrian-Style War Over Egypt’s Future

West Hangs Syrian-Style War Over Egypt’s Future

Author: Tony Cartalucci

Al-Akhbar English in an article titled, “Egypt: Free Egyptian Army being formed in Libya,” reported that:

Egyptian security forces continue to chase armed groups active in the country. The confrontation does not seem it will come to end soon, with the information unfolding daily to security agencies about plans by those group to destabilize Egypt.

Security sources revealed to Al-Akhbar that “intelligence and security agencies succeeded in monitoring the movements of terrorist groups and arrested some of them inside the towns and villages of northern Egypt, as well as the eastern, western, and southern borders of Egypt.”

The report would also claim that a “Free Egyptian Army” was being prepared in neighboring Libya along the Libyan-Egyptian border, where the epicenter of heavily armed sectarian extremists from Al Qaeda’s Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) began NATO-backed operations against the Libyan government in 2011. While the Al-Akhbar article only cites unnamed “sources,” recent and escalating violence lends credibility to concern regarding a Syrian-style conflict fueled by foreign interests to destabilize and overthrow the current Egyptian sociopolitical order.

The Syrian Connection

The recent violence spearheaded by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, particularly his Muslim Brotherhood political party and its network of armed militant affiliates, is a cause of particular concern. It was the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria that began receiving cash and backing by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel as far back as 2007 in preparation for the ongoing armed conflict now raging across Syria for the past 3 years. 

In Reuters ‘May 6, 2012 article titled, “Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood rise from the ashes,” it stated:

“Working quietly, the Brotherhood has been financing Free Syrian Army defectors based in Turkey and channeling money and supplies to Syria, reviving their base among small Sunni farmers and middle class Syrians, opposition sources say.”

The Muslim Brotherhood was nearing extinction in Syria before unrest began in 2011, and while Reuters categorically fails in its report to explain the “how” behind the Brotherhood’s resurrection, it was revealed in a 2007 New Yorker article titled, “The Redirection” by Seymour Hersh. 

The Brotherhood was being directly backed by the US and Israel who were funneling support through the Saudis so as to not compromise the “credibility” of the so-called “Islamic” movement. Hersh revealed that members of the Lebanese Saad Hariri clique, then led by Fouad Siniora, had been the go-between for US planners and the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. 

Hersh reports the Lebanese Hariri faction had met Dick Cheney in Washington and relayed personally the importance of using the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria in any move against the ruling government:

“[Walid] Jumblatt then told me that he had met with Vice-President Cheney in Washington last fall to discuss, among other issues, the possibility of undermining Assad. He and his colleagues advised Cheney that, if the United States does try to move against Syria, members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood would be “the ones to talk to,” Jumblatt said.”

The article would continue by explaining how already in 2007, US and Saudi backing had begun benefiting the Brotherhood:

“There is evidence that the Administration’s redirection strategy has already benefitted the Brotherhood. The Syrian National Salvation Front is a coalition of opposition groups whose principal members are a faction led by Abdul Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian Vice-President who defected in 2005, and the Brotherhood. A former high-ranking C.I.A. officer told me, “The Americans have provided both political and financial support. The Saudis are taking the lead with financial support, but there is American involvement.” He said that Khaddam, who now lives in Paris, was getting money from Saudi Arabia, with the knowledge of the White House. (In 2005, a delegation of the Front’s members met with officials from the National Security Council, according to press reports.) A former White House official told me that the Saudis had provided members of the Front with travel documents.
Jumblatt said he understood that the issue was a sensitive one for the White House. “I told Cheney that some people in the Arab world, mainly the Egyptians”—whose moderate Sunni leadership has been fighting the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood for decades—“won’t like it if the United States helps the Brotherhood. But if you don’t take on Syria we will be face to face in Lebanon with Hezbollah in a long fight, and one we might not win.”

Clearly then, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt which very vocally supported its Syrian counterparts, is benefiting from the same foreign backing that has devastated Syria, and stands poised to serve the same role the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood had played in 2011 in assembling, funding, and arming militant groups across Egypt via its well organized political machine.

While many pundits and analysts attempt to portray the Egyptian military as an obedient and reliable client regime for the West, nothing could be further from the truth. The West and its Arab collaborators are attempting to diminish and eventually destroy Iran and its arch of influence stretching from its borders with Afghanistan to the east, across Syria in the West and up to and including the Mediterranean coast in Lebanon. The Egyptian military may be willing to make incremental economic and political concessions with the West to keep substantial aid flowing into its coffers, but is not willing to jeopardize the stability of Egypt and its very survival by serving as part of a “sectarian front” to fight Iran on the West’s behalf (and here).

 

http://journal-neo.org/2014/04/28/west-hangs-syrian-style-war-over-egypt-s-future/

 

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Syrian Rebels In Heavy Fighting With The Syrian Army

The Syrian army continues to push back militants fighting against the government on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. On Saturday, the army persevered with its tactical operations against the militants’ positions in al-Qaboun area, north of the capital.

“We are in the industrial zone of Qaboun. Our mission is to form a defense line and monitor the militants’ movements to fight their infiltration into the capital,” said an army soldier.

On Saturday, the army regained full control of two areas in Sadad town, situated 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Homs, and 101 kilometers (63 miles) northeast of the capital Damascus, following heavy clashes with the militants.

Also units of Syrian Army troops have taken full control of al-Sfeira town in Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo. Syrian soldiers seized various kinds of weapons and munitions following the gun battle and defused more than 700 improvised explosive devices planted by militants in the town’s streets.

The Syrian government will not participate in the forthcoming Geneva 2 peace conference if the aim is for President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power, the country’s information minister says.

A senior commander of the so-called Free Syrian Army and head of the militants in the northern city of Aleppo has reportedly resigned from his post over division of opposition.

In an online video, Abdul Jabbar Akidi criticized the opposition and the Syrian National Coalition, saying they are weak and irresponsible.

4 Syrian generals among 31 dead in rebel bomb attack (VIDEO)

A rebel bomb attack killed 31 Syrian military troops on an army base near Damascus on Sunday. Four generals were among those killed. The attack came amid a major regime offensive against rebel positions around Damascus and Aleppo, AFP reported.

“Three generals and a brigadier-general were among 31 troops killed in a bomb attack that caused a building in the army transport base in Harasta to collapse,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdul Rahman said.

The rebel group Direh al-Aasmeh (Shield of Damascus) brigade – which is part of the Western-backed Free Syrian Army – has claimed responsibility for the attack, posting a video of the blast on YouTube. The video shows the military building collapsing.

http://rt.com/news/generals-syria-rebel-attack-874/

Syrian opposition totally dependent on foreign sponsors – senior Russian MP

Syrian opposition totally dependent on foreign sponsors – senior Russian MP

The Syrian opposition’s refusal to attend the peace conference in Geneva is a result of the desire of its foreign sponsors to thwart the peace process, claims the head of State Duma’s Foreign Relations Committee.

The Syrian Opposition lacks independence. It totally depends  on external support. All its steps are backed with interests and  calculations of its foreign sponsors,” Aleksey Pushkov  tweeted on Monday.

He also stated that several countries were hoping to thwart the  Geneva-2 summit, naming this as the main reason behind the  refusal of the Syrian National Council to participate in this  meeting.

There will be more such attempts,” Pushkov wrote.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US  Secretary of State John Kerry, the Geneva-2 summit, co-sponsored  by Russia and the USA, is currently preliminarily scheduled for  mid-November. The final date will be determined soon in  consultations with the UN Security Council and the League of Arab  States.

On Sunday the head of one Syrian National Council (SNC) George  Sabra told reporters that his group would not attend the Geneva-2  talks, adding that any talks were possible only after the removal  of President Bashar Assad and his government. Moreover, the SNC  leader promised to sever the alliances with any other opposition  groups if they decide to take part in Geneva-2 pace conference.

Hamas doesn’t take action for any side in Syrian conflict – spokesman

Hamas doesn’t take action for any side in Syrian conflict – spokesman

We believe that the Syrian people should decide on their future without any outside interference, Hamas’ representative in Lebanon Osama Hamdan says exclusively to RT’s Nadezhda Kevorkova.

Member of the Hamas politburo,  the organization’s representative in Lebanon, its spokesman and  negotiator Osama Hamdan says that Palestinian Sunnis are keeping  their alliances with Shia Hezbollah and Iran and, contrary to  what the media say, they don’t participate in jihadist operations  in Syria.

He is analyzing the consequences of the Syrian war and Russia’s  role in the US’s decision not to bomb Syria.

Syrian TV, chemical inspectors’ hotel targeted in bomb attacks in Damascus

Syrian TV, chemical inspectors’ hotel targeted in bomb attacks in Damascus

Multiple bomb blasts have rocked the Syrian capital of Damascus, a mortar attack on Syrian TV among them, reports RT’s correspondent at the scene.

  Suicide bombers blew up two booby-trapped cars near the General  Organization of Radio and TV in Damascus, state TV reported.  

  RT correspondent Paula Slier said that two security guards were  confirmed dead in the blasts while two suicide bombers died in  their cars. 

“Within the last 20 minutes there were two massive explosions  in downtown Damascus. It seems that one was right in front of the  Syrian TV and we are seeing some footage being circulated on line  by the rebels saying that their target is the Syrian TV,”   said Slier.  

  But Syrian state news agency SANA said that there were no  casualties while blaming the blasts on “terrorists”

  Syrian TV showed footage of what appeared to be two burning  vehicles, a fire engine and a building which had had its windows  burnt out.  

  Slier added that the rebels have published a video on internet  saying they will target the Syrian TV building.  She also  said that rebels had warned civilians to stay away from all  military checkpoints in the city, prior to the blasts, which were  just two minutes apart.