German Intel Confirms Al-Qaeda behind Terror in Syria but File Remain ‘Secret’ for ‘National Interest’
by Lady Michelle-Jennifer Santos, Founder & Publisher, Political Strategist, and Strategy/Peace Negotiator with the UN Security Council Special Envoy to the Arab Nations
July 30, 2012 (TSR) - The Left Party (die Linke) has been heavily criticizing the information policy of the German federal government in taking part with the propaganda war on Syria. The occasion was a parliamentary question to the Foreign Office about the Houla massacre of May 25 in Syria.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel with NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen and U.S. President Barack Obama at the NATO Chicago Summit
According to Germany mainstream media Die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung July 16 edition, the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has always known that al-Qaeda is responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in Syria, including the Houla massacre. The agency was informed on several occasions during the period of 5 to 15 June regarding the matter.
The revelation was made public by the German government in response to a parliamentary question:
The German government confirms that it had received numerous reports from the BND on al-Qaeda’s involvement in the May 25 massacre in the Syrian town of Houla in the central province of Homs, in which 108 people, including dozens of children and women, were killed execution-style.
The West and the Syrian opposition together with their media blamed the Syrian government for the carnage, but a Syrian government-appointed fact-finding mission had said that armed groups had carried out the massacre to frame the government and foment sectarian strife.
Sevim Dagdelen (MP), a Member in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag and spokesperson of the Left Party for International Relations, heavily criticized the MPs and accused the German Federal Government of involvement with the “secret service” in Syria. She called on the federal government’s lack of transparency, “On the one hand, the Federal Government repeats the opinion of an International Investigative Commission that; “forces close to the regime” – that is, that Syrian President Assad’s affiliated militias – were ‘responsible’ for most of the victims. Whilst on the other hand, evading questions about details of the circumstances of the massacre/s, as they did not have “reliable information”.
The BND report revealed that “the al-Qaeda-related organizations or jihadist groups” has carried out “about 90 terrorist attacks” in Syria between late last December 2011 and early July.
The intelligence reports raise several questions about the terrorist nature of the self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army, and even more so about the fact that many of the armed terrorists, killed in clashes with Syrian security forces, carried foreign passports.
On Thursday, The New York Times published an article, stating that “the evidence is mounting that Syria has become a magnet for Sunni extremists, including those operating under the banner of al-Qaeda.”
The German federal government also noted that the armed opposition in Syria consists of various groups. Regarding the strength of the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA), there was no ”reliable information”. The number of up to ’40,000′ to which people and journalists published reports on the internet are said to be exaggerated and “clearly excessive.” Furthermore, the armed resistance was equipped “mainly with small arms and anti-tank grenades” (which thus necessitate media propaganda and psyops).
When asked what information the Federal Government had about the nature and extent of the weapons that have been delivered into the hands of the Syrian Regime and the Opposition, the official response: “The reply to this question is that the Federal Government will not make it available to the public out of secrecy reasons”. It would have to remain classified as “secret”.
To details of the May events, the answer on the subject was: No “appropriate reliable information presented”.
The German government stated that the content of the Intelligence report was ‘restricted for inland security reasons as confidential material’, therefore classified as ‘VS confidential’ and is ‘deposited’ in the Security of Information Office of the German Bundestag (Federal Diet) by ‘reason of national interest’. The answers can only be viewed with clearance.
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The Left Party, consisting of 76 members and the fourth largest of the five parliamentary faction, also accused the Angela Merkel Administration in being “blind” and complicit to the “propaganda” of the US-NATO allies against the Pro-Palestinian state, Syria and the Bashar al-Assad regime. The MPs rebuked the German government for participating and condoning to escalate the conflict and “will in due course, also not be able to contain military involvement.”
Dagdelen, a German politician of Turkish origin representing the North Rhine-Westphalia region, has also been facing criticism for signing a controversial pamphlet accusing the U.S. of preparing war against Syria and Iran. She has also been vocal against Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s blatant breach of international law and downright conjuring up such as the Turkish-NATO jet “spy plane” incident, open deliveries of arms to the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) and international forces in Syria, and giving them a base of operation in order to provoke the beginning of an illegal war of aggression. She has also heavily opposed the illegal war on Libya.
In 2011, Dagdelen participated in the State dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House.
Syria has been the scene of violence by armed groups since March 2011 and blames “outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups” for the chaos and violence, asserting that it is being orchestrated from abroad. The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing the protesters.
Russia and China with Iran have been adamant and supportive of the Kofi Annan Peace Plan and the Geneva Communiqué. The Syrian Government is also committed to the political dialogue, but the opposition side refuse to cooperate as they want to push for a precondition that Assad step down before any negotiations take place.
It is important to note that every Foreign minister and representatives who attended the meeting on June 30 in Geneva with Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan has agreed and signed on a Communiqué that was fair and balance, and did not have the prerequisite nor preconditions of any parties to be excluded. It also stressed that the Syrians will be tackling their domestic civil unrest by themselves without any foreign interference. But Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, USA and most western countries have supported and funded the violence in Syria by providing logistics, arms, and intelligence to anti-government elements until today.
AUTHOR: Lady Michelle-Jennifer Santos
Lady Michelle-Jennifer Santos is the Founder & Publisher of The Santos Republic. She is also political strategist and analyst, investment consultant and advisor, and the Strategy/Peace Negotiator with the UN Security Council Special Envoy to the Arab Nations involved in brokering peace in the Middle East since 2011. She is also the Principal of MJS Global Group whose core competency is strategy, image/media, branding, geopolitics, international trade and development, communications, intelligence and security, aerospace, technology, entertainment, wealth management, mining, energy, infrastructure, commodities (gold, diamonds, oil and gas, sugar, cement, edible oils, rice, et al), and capital markets. also serves as a Senior Consulting Advisor for DeMatteo Monness LLC, a specialized agency brokerage with equity trading operations in New York and Boston and a member firm of the NASD and clears trades through Goldman Sachs Execution; Clearing LLC. With a background in working for international political campaigns, she is also a public speaker and lecturer on politics and motivational topics. Lady MJ has appeared and been featured in international media outlets (radio, television, print and internet) in Europe and USA such as Fox Business News, NRK, CNBC, CBS and AOL News. You can follow her on Facebook and on Twitter (@mj_santos). You can read more about her here.
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