(AsiaNews/ Agencies) - The establishment of "Al-Qaeda on the southeast coast of
the Mediterranean is more dangerous than the threat of nuclear weapons," said Iranian
Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, in what amounts to a provocation. He spoke a
few days before the Moscow meeting between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five
permanent members of the UN Security Council of the US, Russia, China, UK and
France, plus Germany).
to Firouzabadi, who is the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, the
terrorist movement has already replaced the late Osama bin-Laden and is moving
its main forces from Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan to the Mediterranean with
the complicity of Western forces. Although biased, Firzouzabadi's words have a
kernel of truth.
the United Nations and Western nations have denied the presence of al Qaeda operatives
in the ranks of the Syrian Free Army; now British Foreign Secretary William
Hague and UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon have both acknowledged their presence.
accounts about foreigner fighters trying to cross into Syria from Turkey with Turkish
approval have been pouring in on a daily basis.
In an interview
with AsiaNews on 24 May, Mgr Nazzaro,
apostolic vicar in Alep, complained about the presence of foreign troops who
are not in Syria for peaceful purposes. Foreign fighters are overrunning the
country, he noted, coming from Tunisia, Libya, Turkey, Pakistan and other
Muslim states. "Weapons and money are pouring across the borders to feed the
spiral of violence."
expert Chris Dobson, al-Qaeda is using the Syrian crisis as it did the Libyan crisis,
using Western support for the rebel Free
Syrian Army (FSA), to send its men to the Mediterranean.
mounting evidence that al-Qaeda militants are fleeing from their vulnerable
hide-outs and setting up bases among the rebels in Syria," Dobson explained.
Syrian regime is overthrown, Syria and Lebanon would be an ideal location from
which to launch attacks against the West.
group also wants to get its hands on the Syrian regime's arsenals with its Russian
heavy weaponry, including chemical weapons, and medium range missiles that
could shoot down airliners.
British tabloid The Sun obtained
pictures and footage showing a masked gunman brandishing a machine gun flanked
by rocket-propelled grenade launchers as he hails the war against Assad.
The video, released by a group called Al-Nusra, was
posted on websites connected to al-Qaeda.
website posted the last message of Abu Yahya al-Libi, al Qaeda's second in
command who was killed on
5 June by a US drone in Pakistan's tribal area on the border with
15-minute video, Libi calls on Syrians to abandon any "illusions of
peacefulness" and fight Assad and what he called US conspiracies against the Islamic