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Suicide Bomber In Syria Was An American








” United States officials said on Wednesday that Abu Hurayra al-Amriki or Abu Hurayra the American, a U.S. citizen likely carried out one of four suicide bombings on May 25 in Syria’s Idlib province on behalf of al-Qaeda affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra.

   If U.S. investigators confirm his identity, Abu Hurayra al-Amriki would be the first known American suicide bomber in Syria, but not the first American to play a significant role in terrorist attacks, essentially turning against his own country. American born Muslim Cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki rose through the ranks of al-Qaeda to a senior recruiter and motivator who was instrumental in planning terrorist operations for al-Qaeda. The United States Department of Homeland Security considered al-Awlaki U.S. public enemy number one before he was killed in a CIA drone strike in Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011. Another American citizen, Adam Gadahn moved from California to Pakistan in 1998 where he joined al-Qaeda. In 2004, Gadahn served as Osama bin Laden’s media adviser and spokesman.”


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U.S. Weapons Reaching Syrian Rebels



” The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.

The arms shipments, which are limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked, began arriving in Syria at a moment of heightened tensions over threats by President Obama to order missile strikes to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons in a deadly attack near Damascus last month.”









Syria: Al-Qaeda’s Battle For Control Of Assad’s Chemical Weapons Plant





” Set amid the rolling plains outside Aleppo, the town of al-Safira looks just like another vicious battleground in Syria’s civil war. On one side are lightly-armed rebels, on the other are government troops, and in between is a hotly-contested no-man’s land of bombed-out homes and burned-out military vehicles.

The fight for al-Safira is no ordinary turf war, however, and the prize can be found behind the perimeter walls of the heavily-guarded military base on the edge of town. Inside what looks like a drab industrial estate is one of Syria’s main facilities for producing chemical weapons – and among its products is sarin, the lethal nerve gas that the regime is now feared to be deploying in its bid to cling to power.

Should the tide of battle turn in al-Nusra‘s favour again, though, there is the possibility of the West’s worst-case scenario unfolding – Syria’s weapons of mass destruction falling into al-Qaeda’s control. More than 500 times as toxic as cyanide and deadly in milligram-sized doses, a single canister of sarin could unleash carnage if released on a Tube network in London or New York.”