In a recent interview on the Italian TV channel RAI UNO, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made some strong comments about the US and Saudi Arabia creating Al Qaeda.
When asked by the interviewer, “Some of the terrorists were trained here, in Syria, just a few kilometers from here. What does it mean?”
Assad responded by saying, “That’s by the support of the Turks and the Saudi and Qatari and of course the Western policy that supported the terrorists in different ways since the beginning of the crisis, of course, but that’s not the issue. First of all, if you don’t have the incubator, you shouldn’t worry, but second, they can be strong as long as they have strong support from different states, whether Middle Eastern states or Western states.”
“Al Qaeda was created by the Americans,” he said with confidence.
Assad continued, “Actually, according to what some American officials said, including Hillary Clinton, Al Qaeda was created by the Americans with the help of Saudi Wahabi money and ideology, and of course, many other officials said the same in the United States. And ISIS and al-Nusra, they are offshoots of Al Qaeda. Regarding ISIS, it started in Iraq, it was established in Iraq in 2006, and the leader was al-Zarqawi who was killed by the American forces then, so it was established under the American supervision in Iraq, and the leader of ISIS today, who is called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, he was in the American prisons, and he was put in New York in their prisons, and he was released by them. So, it wasn’t in Syria, it didn’t start in Syria, it started in Iraq, and it started before that in Afghanistan according to what they said, and Tony Blair recently said that yes, the Iraqi war helped create ISIS. So, their confession is the most important evidence regarding your question.”
These comments are similar to statements he made a few months ago, stating that western countries created the refugee crisis by arming and funding terrorist groups.
His statements are correct, it has been admitted by US government officials, including President Obama, that the US has backed rebels in Syria. Those same rebels have later been identified as members of ISIS, and many of the weapons now used by ISIS have been connected with the US as well. Prior to ISIS, the US government funded a group of rebels called the Mujahideen to fight against Russia during the cold war, in proxy battles throughout the middle east. After the cold war, the Mujahideen turned into Al Qaeda and began fighting against the west.
While Assad himself is a dictator just like every head of state throughout the world is, at least he was able to maintain a semblance of peace and stability before the country was overrun with western-backed terrorist rebels.
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