Despite Western claims that the armed invasion against the legitimate and secular Syrian government was organic native to Syria, the facts have repeatedly proven just the opposite. For instance, it has long been known that, from day one, armed groups had been organized, trained, armed, and directed by the intelligence services of Western countries.
One such revelation was made in 2012 when emails from the “global intelligence” company Stratfor were procured and subsequently released by WikiLeaks which revealed that Western intelligence agents were on the ground in Syria training armed jihadists for sectarian and destabilization purposes long before it was actually admitted by the respective governments.
The emails recovered by WikiLeaks span a period between July, 2004 and December, 2011.
Stratfor, posing as an “intelligence publisher” provides confidential intelligence services to government agencies like the US Marines, US Department of Homeland Security, and the US Defense Intelligence Agency as well as large corporations such as Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co.
WikiLeaks claims that the string of emails show Stratfor’s “web of informers, pay-of structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.”
One of the emails sent internally in December, 2011 within the corporation entitled “INSIGHT – military intervention in Syria, post withdrawal status of forces,” deals with the subject of special ops being involved in Syria specifically. During the course of a meeting with “four other guys at the Lt. Col. Level, including one French and one British representative who are liaising with the US currently out of DC.”
One of the emails reads,
After a couple hours of talking, they [“four other guys at the Lieutenant Colonel level, including one French and one British representative who are liaising with the US currently out of DC”] said without saying that SOF teams (presumably from US, UK, France, Jordan, Turkey) are already on the ground focused on recce missions and training opposition forces. One Air Force intel guy (US) said very carefully that there isn’t much of a Free Syrian Army to train right now anyway, but all the operations being done now are being done out of ‘prudence.’ The way it was put to me was, ‘look at this way – the level of information known on Syrian OrBat this month is the best it’s been since 2001.’ They have been told to prepare contingencies and be ready to act within 2-3 months, but they still stress that this is all being done as contingency planning, not as a move toward escalation.
I kept pressing on the question of what these SOF teams would be working toward, and whether this would lead to an eventual air campaign to give a Syrian rebel group cover. They pretty quickly distanced themselves from that idea, saying that the idea ‘hypothetically’ is to commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite forces, elicit collapse from within. There wouldn’t be a need for air cover, and they wouldn’t expect these Syrian rebels to be marching in columns anyway.
Notice not only the admission that Western special ops forces were already on the ground training armed groups and providing them with intel, but that they were doing so with the express purpose of “break the back of Alawite forces” committing guerrilla attacks, engaging in targeted assassinations, and causing the government to collapse.
But this is not the first nor is it the only bit of evidence we have showing that Western special forces were on the ground in Syria prior to and during the destabilization campaign that began in earnest in 2011.