In early June this year, Judicial Watch obtained a de-classified document produced by the Defense Intelligence Agency, which was sent personally to Hillary Clinton, the State Department, and other top Obama Administration officials. Breitbart.com reported on it a few days later.
Dated in August 2012, this intelligence information report identified Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) as being one of the principal elements the U.S. and its allies were supporting in their opposition to the Assad Government in Syria. It stated that the “Salafists,” Muslim Brotherhood (MB), and AQI are the major forces driving the insurgency against the Assad Syrian Government. It noted that AQI was speaking through the spokesman of the Islamic State of Iraq, Muhammad Al Adnani. [Al Adnani is now the chief spokesman for the current version of the Islamic State, also called ISIS. Both the MB and AQI are salafist organizations—fundamentalist reformers wanting to return to the days of Muhammad and his companions, the first Caliphs. “Salfafists” as a group in this context probably refers to the Hamas terrorist group, who are the backbone of the “Free Syrian Army” insurgents.]
The report said that AQI had supported the Syrian opposition (rebels) from the beginning, both ideologically and through the media. AQI declared its opposition to the Assad Government because it considered it a sectarian regime targeting Sunnis. AQI conducted a number of operations in several Syrian cities under the name of Jaish Al Nusra (Victorious Army), one of its affiliates.
The intelligence report also predicted the rise of a broad Islamic State forming from segments of Al Adnani’s group. [This group, in fact announced itself to be part of the Islamic State and Caliphate in June 2014, and Al Adnani was named by the State Department as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ in 2014]
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