The Canadian Global Research website warned against the dangerous politics Washington has adopted in the Middle East, particularly in terms of its connection with ‘Jihadis’ and al-Qaeda-linked groups, which it uses for targeting regimes that oppose the U.S. policy as it previously did in Libya and is trying now to do in Syria.
In an article published on Saturday, the website noted that the US Embassy in Libya and its consulate in Benghazi are centers for connection between Washington and ‘jihadis’ and coordinating transfer of heavy weaponry and gunmen from Libya to Syria.
The website referred to a “deeper underlying story” linking the killing of US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and the U.S. support to the Libyan opposition which “was largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists,” who have undertook the transfer of weapons and gunmen to Syria.
The article said “The U.S. has been arming the Syrian opposition since 2006. The post-Gaddafi Libyan government is also itself a top funder and arms supplier of the Syrian opposition.”
“This brings us to the murder of ambassador Stevens and the sudden resignation of CIA boss David Petraeus,” the article noted, explaining that, according to many news reports and diplomatic sources, “The US consulate in Benghazi was mainly being used for a secret CIA operation,” which according to Reuters, “involved finding and repurchasing heavy weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals.”
The Canadian website indicated American reports saying “that Stevens may have been linked with Syrian terrorists.”
“There’s growing evidence that U.S. agents—particularly murdered ambassador Chris Stevens—were at least aware of heavy weapons moving from Libya to jihadist Syrian rebels,” the article said. It revealed information saying that “In March 2011 Stevens became the official U.S. liaison to the al-Qaeda-linked Libyan opposition, working directly with Abdelhakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.”
According to a 2007 report by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center’s center, the article added, “the Libyan city of Benghazi was one of Al Qaeda’s main headquarters – and bases for sending Al Qaeda fighters into Iraq.”
Global Research website considered that the U.S. government has been consistently planning regime change in Syria and Libya for 20 years, stressing that the U.S. foreign policy stands behind the sudden unrest witnessed in the world.
The website noted that in November 2011 The Telegraph reported “that Belhadj, acting as head of the Tripoli Military Council, ‘met with Free Syrian Army [FSA] leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey’ in an effort by the new Libyan government to provide money and weapons to the growing insurgency in Syria.”
The website said many British and U.S. media sources, including the CNN, the Telegraph, the Washington Times, and many other mainstream sources “confirm that Al Qaeda terrorists from Libya have since flooded into Syria to fight the Assad regime,” and that the Syrian opposition “is largely comprised of Al Qaeda terrorists.”
The website considered that it has become known “that the CIA has been funneling weapons to the rebels in southern Turkey,” noting that “In other words, ambassador Stevens may have been a key player in deploying Libyan terrorists and arms to fight the Syrian government.”
Other sources, the article said, also claim that the U.S. consulate in Benghazi “was mainly being used as a CIA operation to ship fighters and arms to Syria.”
In confirmation of this information, the article added that “Last month The Times of London reported that a Libyan ship ‘carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria … has docked in Turkey.'”
The shipment reportedly weighed 400 tons and included SA-7 surface-to-air anti-craft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.
Global Research highlighted that the ship’s captain was “a Libyan from Benghazi and the head of an organization called the Libyan National Council for Relief and Support,” which was presumably established by the new government.
“That means,” the article said, “that Ambassador Stevens had only one person—Belhadj—between himself and the Benghazi man who brought heavy weapons to Syria.”
It added that it is known “that jihadists are the best fighters in the Syrian opposition,” asking “where did they come from?”
In an answer to the question, the article referred to a report issued last week by The Telegraph on that those came from Libya, noting that “if the new Libyan government was sending seasoned Islamic fighters and 400 tons of heavy weapons to Syria through a port in southern Turkey—a deal brokered by Stevens’ primary Libyan contact during the Libyan revolution—then the governments of Turkey and the U.S. surely knew about it.”
The article added that there was a CIA post in Benghazi, located 1.2 miles from the U.S. consulate, used as “a base for, among other things, collecting information on the proliferation of weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals, including surface-to-air missiles.”
According to the Canadian website, “if normal security measures weren’t taken to protect the Benghazi consulate or to rescue ambassador Stevens – it was because the CIA was trying to keep an extremely low profile to protect its cover of being a normal State Department operation.”
On the connection between all this and the CIA Chief David Petraeus’ sudden resignation, the website said the timing of the resignation becomes more interesting once one learns that that Petraeus “was scheduled to testify under oath next week before power House and Senate committees regarding the Benghazi consulate.”
Many speculate, according to the article, that Petraeus admitting to an affair was “but the desire to avoid testifying on Benghazi – which was the real reason for Petraeus’ sudden resignation.