Syrian President Bashar Assad’s anti-U.S. strategy during the 2003-11 Iraq War has come back to bite him.
Assad allowed Al Qaeda operatives to set up a “rat line” through his country and into northeastern Iraq. Hundreds of young terrorists, many recruited from North Africa, took airline flights into Damascus and joined networks ready to sneak them across the border.
Assad’s objective: to keep the U.S. occupation off balance by helping Al Qaeda kill Americans.
But Assad’s move also enabled Al Qaeda to set up a logistics foothold in Syria that is now being used against him.
The Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front is conducting war on the Assad regime with a band of about 6,000 fighters established by jihadists in January 2012. It wants Assad to be replaced by a Sunni Islamic state.
Remember when John (Band-Aid) Kerry blasted George W. Bush for stating the seriousness of Al Qaeda in Iraq?:
In Washington, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said Bush “is trying to scare the American people into believing that al-Qaeda is the rationale for continuing the war in Iraq.” But Kerry said Bush presented no new evidence to back that up, and added: “The president is picking the wrong rationale for this war. Al-Qaeda is not the principal killer of American forces in Iraq.”
Al Qaeda played a substantial role during the Iraq war and it used Iraq as an operating base with Saddam Hussein’s blessing.
Now that we have to suffer the consequences of Obama’s dicked-up foreign policy, Kerry finally admits Al Qaeda is in Iraq.
Nice to know that is finally serves a useful purpose. Karma is a bitch.