The Trump administration’s decision to halt the covert CIA program of arming ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria was lambasted in the mainstream press, but for those paying attention, this was an intelligent move — namely, because those ‘moderate rebels’ are actually terrorists.
Now, new information reveals that Syrians displaced by the ongoing US-sponsored regime change operation are now returning home in large numbers, according to a Switzerland-based migration agency.
On Friday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that nearly 603,000 Syrian refugees displaced by the war began to return to their cities and villages in the first seven months of this year.
Ironically, the number of Syrian refugees returning home nearly matched the 685,662 people who returned during the whole of 2016, according to IOM spokesperson Olivia Headon.
According to a report by Al Jazeera:
And while Trump’s decision to stop a covert CIA program to funnel weapons to groups that record themselves beheading children should be praised by the media, it was instead labeled as a pro-Russian move by the mass media propagandists.
In reality, much of the opposition forces fighting against the Syrian government are aligned with al-Qaeda and ISIS factions. Thus, the move to stop the flow of arms to terrorist affiliates should have been applauded as part of the larger struggle against Islamic extremism.
“For years, our government has been providing both direct and indirect support to these armed militant groups, who are working directly with or under the command of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, all in their effort and fight to overthrow the Syrian government,” Gabbard said earlier this year.
As the Free Thought Project reported in April, the US knew al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri called on Muslims in Turkey and the Middle East to aid the rebels in the Free Syrian Army. From this day forward, the lines between who Al-Qaeda or the ‘rebels’ actually were — became heavily blurred. But, according to a State Department email, the United States did not care as they knew Al-Qaeda was on their side.
As the email states:
Once this wire went out to multiple departments in the form of an Ops Alert, apparently there was originally some concern about Al-Qaeda joining the ranks of the US-supported rebels — who are being used by the American Deep State to destabilize Syria on behalf of special interests.
Tellingly, in a reply to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Jake Sullivan let her know that Al-Qaeda “is on our side in Syria.”
Without question, the covert CIA program precipitated the rise of the “moderate rebel” factions that led to the massive refugee crisis seen in Syria. Syrians who remain internally displaced number at about 800,000, many of whom have fled violence and strife for the second or third time, according to the IOM. An estimated 808,661 people have been newly displaced this year, “many for the second or third time,”Headon said.
When analyzing the massive refugee crisis precipitated by the Syrian conflict, it becomes clear that U.S. moves in support of terrorists in Syria have little to do with the welfare of the Syrian people, and everything to do with a regime change operation intent on installing a US-backed puppet government.
Top photo: Syrian refugees are seen within a tent at the railway station of Sid, where Serbian authorities load trains with refugees to Crotia. Sid, Serbia, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015 (AP/Manu Brabo)