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Iranian media believes SAM’s have been provided by US and others to Rebels and Islamist radicals

Translated today by our Mideastwire.com:

On April 9, the conservative Javan daily said: “While reports are being published about the consideration to deploy hundreds of additional US Special Forces troops to Syria, other news about the injecting of 3,000 tons of weapons, including 85 thermal anti-aircraft missiles, to Syrian terrorists, is also being released. This demonstrates, once again, that Washington, contrary to its announced policies about efforts to fight terrorism, is in the practice feeding this agent of devastation. While announcing that is considering the of 250 American commandos, an American defence official noted that the purpose of this action is to provide counsel to rebels and increase the speed of operations against Daesh. According to claims made by this source, Washington’s objective in this move is to provide local troops with sufficient training to regain control of Ar Raqqah in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, and furthermore, eliminate ISIL’s ability to use these regions as a location for launching external attacks. Increasing the level of US Special Forces is just one of the possibilities. If this plan is approved, the number of troops in Syria, which is currently 500, will increase, and it has been said that their mission is to provide advice and assistance for “moderate” Syrian militants against ISIL.

“Three thousand tons of arms. Following the dissemination of reports about Washington’s assistance to terrorists, an American website has reported that this country has provided 3,000 tons of weapons to Al-Qaedah and its allies in Syria. In an article entitled, “America Gives Three Thousand Tons of Weaponry and Ammunition to Al-Qa’idah and its Allies in Syria,” the website Moon of Alabama states: “The United States is still providing thousands of tons of weapons to Al-Qa’idah and others in Syria through the Central Intelligence Agency.” This report goes on to note the following: “The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (Federal Police) has had two requests during the past months for dispatching and delivering explosives from Eastern Europe to Aqaba port in Jordan.” According to this website, 81 containers of weapons, including explosives, were sent from Bulgaria to Jordan’s Aqaba port a request, dated 3 November 2015, for sending weapons to terrorists. Among the amm! unitions and weapons dispatched to terrorists were a variety of machine guns, automatic guns, intelligent anti-tank weapons, and rocket launchers. It is said that on 5 December alone, 1,000 tons of weapons and ammunition left Romania and were unloaded in Turkey. Another vessel carrying 2,000 tons of various weapons and ammunition was dispatched from Bulgaria in late March, and reached its destination on 4 April.

“The author of this report adds: “We knew before that, during the official ceasefire, ‘rebels’ in Syria received large quantities of arms and also know that the weapons of these ‘rebels’ are regularly sent through Turkey and Jordan. Half of the weapons that have been sent to Syria in recent years have directly reached al-Qai’da.” On the other hand, an audio file published by Sputnik News Agency, has revealed that forces belonging to one of the armed opposition groups in the outskirts of Aleppo received 85 thermal antiaircraft missiles. This audio file, which app! ears to be from wireless communication between leaders of one of the a rmed groups in southern outskirts of Aleppo, has been obtained through a field source in Syria who intercepted the communication lines between these individuals. During this call, one of the commanders of the opposition groups makes remarks that reveal this group imported 85 thermal antiaircraft missiles into Syria. The region where the conversation took place is controlled by Jaish al-Fatah. The person speaking in this file says: “Eighty five antiaircraft missiles and 85 thermal missiles have entered Syria. A few days ago, Syrian opposition forces shot down the second Syrian fighter in less than a month; the Human Rights Watchdog announced that the pilot of this fighter has been captured by Al-Nusrah in a region close to Aleppo. The Syrian Army also announced that this aircraft has been shot down by antiaircraft missiles and this is the same weapon which h! ad also been used to shoot down another fighter in western Syria in March.”

“Al-Nusra’s readiness to attack. During a press conference on Friday at the recently liberated township of Al-Qaryatayn in Homs, Syria, Igor Konashenkov, the spokesperson for the Russian Defence Ministry stated: “According to information on the ground, at the moment 1,200 members of the Al-Nusrah Front have been deployed near the city of Aleppo and are preparing for a new attack on the positions of government forces in Aleppo.” Konashenkov added: “According to the available information, armed members of Al-Nusrah Front have been deployed around Handarat, Jandol, Haratan, and Kfar Hamreh with seven tanks and 24 vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns. Last Tuesday, the Syrian Army reported on the formation of the “Aleppo Joint Operation Room” in response to the extensive terrorist attack on Al-Eis, located in the countryside southwest of Aleppo, emphasizing that a devastating attack on terrorists is on the way. Also Syria’s official news agency reported the doom of one of the most d! angerous leaders of the terrorist Al-Nusrah Front during a unique operation performed by the Syrian Army in the outskirts of Idlib, in the north of the country. According to this report, Abdullah al-Muhaysini, a ferocious Saudi-born commander of the terrorist Al-Nusra Front, has been killed in this special operation.”

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

April 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm

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