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Syrian people in throes of NATO-backed death squads

Posted by seumasach on May 10, 2012

Syrian people in throes of NATO-backed death squads: Historian


10th May, 2012

Death squads backed by the NATO and some regional Arab states like Saudi Arabia and Qatar are sabotaging the ongoing peace efforts in Syria, a political analyst tellsPress TV.

“These are the NATO-backed death squads financed by Saudi Arabia, by Qatar and others that are at the root of this entire situation as I found on the ground in Damascus, in Homs and in Baniyas back in mid-November,” author and historian Webster Griffin Tarpley said in an interview with Press TV.

He noted that 20-25 foreign fighters captured by the Syrian troops have confessed that they received help from other countries, especially Libya and Turkey, to infiltrate into Syria and wreak havoc in the country.

“My impression is that they are people from Algeria, Chechnya, from the Central Asia… being infiltrated with the help of Turkey… [and the former Lebanese Prime Minister] Rafiq Hariri…. They are getting money from the reactionary feudal [Persian] Gulf monarchies, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and a couple of others,” he said.

Tarpley also said only mercenary death squads which consist of “some pretty lawless people” may benefit from the failure of the peace efforts in the crisis-stricken country.

Tarpley also stated that the UN-Arab League envoy, Kofi Annan, and the US State Secretary Hillary Clinton are playing “a game of deception” in Syria by pretending to be trying to establish peace while making frequent references to the possibility or even inevitability of a civil war in the country.

“I would say to Kofi Anan to…set up a peace table in Geneva and invite the Syrian government and invite the so-called opposition and see who comes. The Syrian government will be there but these opposition groups probably won’t come because they’ve been told by their backers in NATO and the [Persian] Gulf…not…to negotiate,” he added.

Syria has been the scene of unrest since mid-March, 2011. Many people, including security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

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