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Sen. Black to ST: "No justification for Washington's immoral active cooperation with terrorists in Syria"

Virginia Senator Richard Black has affirmed that the claims of the U.S. State Department and Pentagon about protecting Syrian oil from ISIS are absurd and there is no justification for Washington's immoral active cooperation with terrorists in Syria.

He told Syria Times e-newspaper that the United States' Foreign Policy establishment still wants to overthrow President Bashar al Assad, who is the legitimately elected president of Syria .

The Senator, in addition, reiterated that throughout the War on Syria, terrorists and Turkish agents have organized sarin gas attacks, in order to blame the attacks on President Assad. 

"“If President Assad wanted to use poison gas, why didn’t he use it against soldiers instead of civilians?  Reporters know there is no logical answer to that question.  But they know that asking it would end their careers, so they never ask it," Sen. Black said.

Here is the full interview:

ST: Why does US transport ISIS terrorists' relatives from Hasaka to Iraq while there are still illegal US bases in Syria?

Sen. Black: The U.S. has helped ISIS at various times during the Syrian War. There have been reports that the U.S. has sent high-value ISIS captives across the border into Iraq. Perhaps the CIA intends to use them and wants their families to accompany them.

In 2011, the CIA triggered the Syrian 'Civil War' by infiltrating arms and jihadist militants into Syria. The CIA supplied ISIS and other jihadists with advanced arms under Project Timber Sycamore, which was terminated by President Trump after the secret program was compromised.

In the same year, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi coordinated with al-Qaeda’s central command to establish a Syrian branch of al Qaeda. They assigned Abu Mohammad al-Julani to create the branch, which was known as Jabhat al-Nusra.  The purpose of al Nusra was to overthrow President al- Assad 's government and establish an Islamic state. From day one, terrorists have run this war. Western and Arab countries helped to arm them, and they spread propaganda to discredit the Syrian government.  The West is not above using ISIS or any other terror force to advance their objectives.

Today, al Joulani is overall commander of terrorist forces in Idlib Province. Those forces are under the central command of Tahrir al-Sham, which is al Qaeda in Syria. The U.S. and its NATO allies support the terrorist forces in Idlib, which they simply refer to as “opposition” or “rebel” forces.

Moreover, The U.S. has a long history of active cooperation with terrorists.  During the Afghan War against the Soviet Union, the CIA operated a terrorist army consisting of 300,000 militants.  When we defeated the Soviets in Afghanistan, the CIA became addicted to employing terrorist proxies across the Middle East.

The U.S.-led coalition bombed the Syrian Army during the siege of Deir Ezzor.  The bombing appeared to be a carefully-coordinated operation to help ISIS break the resistance of heroic Syrian forces led by General Issam Zahreddine. An hour-long U.S. bombing killed many Syrian troops, and immediately afterwards, ISIS launched a powerful attack that drove the Syrian Army from a strategic mountaintop.

Although the U.S. has generally fought against ISIS, its primary objective has always been to topple the Syrian government. For that reason, we sometimes permitted large ISIS forces to escape and even to evacuate family members to safety.

When I visited Syria in 2016, the Syrian Army had just driven ISIS from Palmyra.  ISIS had sent its army 100 miles across open desert to seize the city, yet the U.S.-led Coalition did not drop a single bomb on the massive ISIS convoys required to capture the city. Clearly, we hoped that ISIS would drive on from Palmyra to Damascus, but the Syrian army stopped them. It sickened me to know that we stood aside and allowed ISIS to plunder that priceless architectural wonder.

I cannot justify or further explain our active cooperation with terrorists.  It is brutal, immoral and unjust.  But those are the facts.

ST: What are the US occupation forces doing now in Syria as they claimed that they have abandoned the Kurds? Has Washington abandoned the Kurds?

Sen. Black: President Trump ordered a full withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria on October 13, 2019. He agreed to permit Turkey to drive the Kurdish YPG away from the border and promised not to interfere.  However, he immediately came under intense political pressure, and was forced to return troops to bolster the YPG.  He did so by seizing Syrian oil fields north of Deir Ezzor.

Neither the Obama nor the Trump administrations ever had a genuine interest in the Kurdish people.  However, the Kurds gave the Department of State, the Pentagon, and the CIA a convenient excuse for stationing U.S. forces in northern Syria.  The U.S. knows that a separate Kurdish state is unrealistic. But for now, the myth of a Kurdish state helps the U.S. to restrict trade routes connecting Iran, Iraq, and Syria.  It is important to be mindful that America’s elite are waiting for the right moment to attack Iran.  So, events in northern Syria fit a larger picture of fulfilling the well-documented plan to invade seven sovereign states, including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and finally Iran.

I warned Kurdish delegations visiting my office in 2017, that once the U.S. withdrew, a Kurdish-governed enclave would be unacceptable to Turkey.  I told them that Turkey would attack and purge all Kurdish people from the region.  I reminded them that the U.S. had not helped the SDF when Turks invaded Afrin.  I told them the U.S. had announced that we would remove our heavy weapons when we left. I urged them to reconcile with Damascus.

The SDF-controlled region is gradually disintegrating.  The SDF relinquished the important border city of Ayn al-Arab [Kobani] and the vital crossroads city of Manbij to the Syrian Army. They also returned the Tabqa Dam and the important hydroelectric powerplant that once supplied electricity to a large part of Syria. Russians have now entered the devastated city of Raqqa, and the SDF have withdrawn from the entire Turkish border.  By now, it should be clear that the SDF must reconcile with Syria. The sooner that happens the better for all Syrians.

ST: US administration has a very strong ties with Gulf states, why does it wants Syrian oil?

Sen. Black: The U.S. is the world’s largest oil producer.  We do not need oil.

The foreign policy establishment still wants to overthrow President Bashar al Assad, who is the legitimately elected president of Syria.  Although toppling the Syrian government is clearly impossible, the old policy continues on through bureaucratic inertia.

The State Department and Pentagon claim we are protecting the oil from ISIS, but that is absurd.  We are keeping it from the Syrian people, and we are using ISIS as a pretext for keeping U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq. Their real purpose is to block the highway linking Syria, Iraq and Iran.

ST: What is your comment on the doctored report of Syria using Chemical weapons in Ghouta?

Sen. Black: Throughout the Syrian War, terrorists and Turkish agents have organized sarin gas attacks, in order to blame the attacks on President Assad.  The gas attacks never targeted armed terrorists—only civilians.  Yet not one reporter has ever dared to ask the obvious question: “If President Assad wanted to use poison gas, why didn’t he use it against soldiers instead of civilians?  Reporters know there is no logical answer to that question.  But they know that asking it would end their careers, so they never ask it.

In 2015, Turkish Member of Parliament Eren Erdem was charged with treason after he disclosed the contents of an indictment, which showed how Turkish officials conspired with al Qaeda to manufacture and transport sarin gas into Syria.  The indictments were based on wiretap evidence.  They showed how the chemicals for the deadly gas came from western countries.  Mr. Erdem showed enormous courage in confronting Turkish authorities, since Turkey has been the closest allies and trading partners of ISIS and al Qaeda throughout the war. MP Erdem believes the sarin used in Ghouta came from a terrorist cell in Turkey. His view is supported by considerable evidence that Turkish intelligence agents closely coordinated the gas attacks with terrorists in Ghouta.

On May 30, 2013, Reuters reported that, “several Turkish newspapers had reported that 12 people from Syria’s al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, who allegedly had been planning an attack inside Turkey and were in possession of 2 kg (4.5 pounds) of sarin, had been detained in Adana.”  The plan to send that sarin gas into Syria was well-known by western sources but was ignored by them.  Shortly before the Ghouta attack, the Defense Intelligence Agency warned that al Qaeda had a large sarin gas manufacturing capability within Syria. 

It is seldom mentioned, but on February 8, 2018, Newsweek magazine reported that the Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, had just admitted that there was no evidence that Assad had ever used poison gas on his people, so the claim that President Assad was involved was contrived, illogical and patently absurd.

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour

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