Washington Accuses Putin. Russian Airstrikes are Targeting “Our Guys” in Syria: CIA Operatives, Military Advisers, Mercenaries, Special Forces, … Instead of ISIS Terrorists

By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, who publishes Global Research.


Russian Airstrikes are Targeting “Our Guys”: 

The Western media quoting US officials has reported that the Russian Air Force is not really targeting ISIS terrorists.

They are targeting CIA sponsored operatives inside Syria. 

According to a US official in an interview with Fox News:

‘Putin is deliberately targeting our forces. Our guys are fighting for their lives.’

Moscow is “deliberately targeting” U.S.-backed forces in Syria as part of a military campaign that has killed up to 150 CIA-trained rebels, a U.S. official told Fox News

The claims state that Russia’s apparent mission to destroy ISIS is really a facade, and that their real mission is to kill American assets. (October 14, 2015).

The “Our Guys” category (“fighting for their lives”) not only includes bona fide “moderate terrorists” trained by the Western military alliance, it also includes countless Western military advisers, intelligence agents and mercenaries (often recruited by private security companies) operating on the ground inside Syria since March 2011.

In a bitter twist, by making these accusations directed against Moscow, the Obama Administration candidly acknowledges what has been known from the outset: the presence of Western forces inside Syria in support of Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists. Lest we forget, this constitutes an undeclared act of war against a sovereign country in violation of international  law (Nuremberg).

Amply documented, from the outset of the Syrian insurgency, Western special forces and covert intelligence agents including British SAS, French Parachutistes, CIA, MI6  and Mossad have integrated rebel ranks. Their activities are not limited to training. They are routinely involved in overseeing the conduct of terrorist operations on the ground together with Turkish and Qatari special forces, as well thousands of mercenaries recruited from Muslim countries:

“As the unrest and killings escalate in the troubled Arab state, agents from MI6 and the CIA are already in Syria [2012 report] assessing the situation, a security official has revealed. Special forces are also talking to Syrian dissident soldiers. They want to know about weapons and communications kit rebel forces will need if the Government decides to help.  (Syria will be bloodiest yet, Daily Star, January 2012). (emphasis added)

From the outset of the insurgency, Al Qaeda affiliated rebel forces including ISIS and Al Nusrah are “infiltrated” by Western military and intelligence  operatives.

“MI6 and the CIA are in Syria to infiltrate and get at the truth,” said the well-placed source. “We have SAS and SBS not far away who want to know what is happening and are finding out what kit dissident soldiers need.” ” (Syria will be bloodiest yet, Daily Star, January 2012). (emphasis added)

(The SBS operatives referred to above are the British Royal Navy’s Special Boat Service (SBS), often recruited from the Royal Marine Commandos)

These foreign forces are also involved in intelligence  and logistics as well as terror command operations directed against the government of Bashar Al Assad. They are in permanent communication and liaison  through their satellite phones with US, NATO, Turkey and Israel military and intelligence.

Without Western support, the terrorists would not have been able to gain control over entire regions of the country. In this regard, Vladimir Putin intimates that this would not be possible without foreign support:

“The so-called Islamic State [ISIS] has taken control of a huge territory. How was that possible? Think about it: if Damascus or Baghdad are seized by the terrorist groups, they will be almost the official authorities, and will have a launchpad for global expansion. Is anyone thinking about this or not?” (Vladimir Putin’s speech to the Valdai Conference, October 2015)

Covert support to the terrorists has been provided from the outset of the war in March 2011. The CIA is supporting terrorists as a means to triggering “regime change” in Syria, implying the conduct of covert intelligence operations within Syrian territory:

“The U.S. spy agency has been arming and training rebels in Syria since 2013 to fight the Assad regime  (WSJ, September 30, 2015 emphasis added)

According to the Daily Mail:

And after the CIA spent more than two years secretly working to arm, train and fund thousands of select so-called moderate Syrian rebels to oppose Assad, U.S. officials have watched those groups become the target of Russian missiles. (emphasis added)

Russia’s Smart Bombs do not Distinguish between the Terrorists and their Western Advisers
Russian air strikes initiated in September are directed against terrorist units integrated by Western operatives and advisers.
Russia’s “smart bombs”, however, are not in a position to distinguish between the rank and file “jihadist” terrorists and the Western special forces and mercenaries which have integrated (“infiltrated”) rebel forces since March 2011.
CIA Operatives together with British SAS and French Special Forces on the Ground in Syria

Reports confirm that US, British and allied Special Forces have been on the ground since the outset of the war in 2011. The underlying pattern is similar to that of Libya where Western special forces had integrated terrorist ranks prior to the launching of NATO’s military intervention.

The website of Britain’s SAS candidly acknowledges that  …[T]here has been growing chatter indicating that British Special Forces are in some way assisting forces aligned against the Syrian regime”:

Reports from late November last year state that British Special forces have met up with members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the armed wing of the Syrian National Council. The apparent goal of this initial contact was to establish the rebel forces’ strength and to pave the way for any future training operations.

More recent reports have stated that British and French Special Forces have been actively training members of the FSA, from a base in Turkey. Some reports indicate that training is also taking place in locations in Libya and Northern Lebanon. British MI6 operatives and UKSF (SAS/SBS) personnel have reportedly been training the rebels in urban warfare as well as supplying them with arms and equipment. US CIA operatives and special forces are believed to be providing communications assistance to the rebels.” http://www.eliteukforces.info/uk-military-news/0501012-british-special-forces-syria.php (emphasis added)

In August 2015, Britain’s Sunday Express Tabloid headlined “SAS dress as ISIS fighters in undercover war on jihadis,” (see screen shot below)

More than 120 members belonging to the elite regiment are currently in the war-torn country on operation Shader, tasked with destroying IS equipment and munitions which insurgents constantly move to avoid Coalition air strikes.

It comes just days after David Cameron gave “carte blanche” for the SAS and SBS to target IS leaders as part of the Government’s “broad spectrum” response to the murder of 30 British tourists by ISIS gunman Seifeddine Rezgui in the Tunisian beach resort of Sousse.

Though the Prime Minister is being kept informed, senior military sources last night told the Sunday Express that he would not be required to “green light” every mission.

The article portrays SAS forces disguised as ISIS terrorists acting as part of a covert British Counter-Terrorism operation. (For further details see Stephen Lendman, British SAS Special Forces Dressed up as ISIS Terrorists, Global Research, August 4, 2015)

The truth of the matter is that these SAS commandos are there to integrate rebel ranks on the ground, overseeing carefully planned terror operations against Syria, in permanent liaison with US-NATO et al.

French Parachutistes on the Ground Advising the Terrorists

The French have been actively involved since the outset of the insurgency on the ground in liaison with their US, British and Israeli counterparts. In February 2012, 13 French military officers were arrested in Homs pointing to the presence of foreign troops on Syrian soil inside rebel ranks. The report suggested that the arrested officers could have been part of “a larger contingent” of  French Parachutistes (special forces).“ (The Daily Star  March 5, 2012)

The French government initially denied the report, insisting that “not a single French soldier is on Syrian soil.” Yet sources confirmed that negotiations between Paris and Damascus were held, in all probability regarding the repatriation of the French military officers:

“A French Foreign Ministry spokesman said: “We deny the idea that there are French troops on the ground in Syria. A Defense Ministry spokesman added: “We have no information on this. We neither confirm nor deny it.” (Report: 13 French officers captured in Syria – Israel News, Ynetnews, emphasis added)


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  • hyperbola

    It really is time to get the zioncon traitors out of our foreign policy, our government, our political parties, our financial systems, …….

    How Neocons Destabilized Europe

    The neocon prescription of endless “regime change” is spreading chaos across the Middle East and now into Europe, yet the neocons still control the mainstream U.S. narrative and thus have diagnosed the problem as not enough “regime change,” …..


    • cstahnke

      I don’t think the neocon thing makes much difference. The neocons give some ideological framework for the activities carried out by the Empire but, at this point, it is just a power game freed from ideology–it’s become an end in itself not a means and, currently, there is no way to change that since nearly all the American and European public is in denial and don’t want to hear about the sort of thing read on this blog.

    • Here is great article from someone I have been reading for years who was part of Reagan Administration, and always has great insight.

      February 26, 2015 The Neoconservative Threat To World Order

      Scholars from Russia and from around the world, Russian government officials, and the Russian people seek an answer as to why Washington destroyed during the past year the friendly relations between America and Russia that President Reagan and President Gorbachev succeeded in establishing.


  • Funny thing: the statement “our guys” is an admission that we’re f*cking around in there, in another country with our tax dollars, while claiming that HERE, though, to we Americans, we need “austerity” and we have a “deficit” and we’re heading towards a “fiscal cliff”. We really do have psycho-sociopaths in our government/Pentagon. Bordering on satanic.

  • cstahnke

    I found out from an ex-SAS soldier that covert fighters are involved in fighting in areas never reported by anyone not even the alternative press or so he said. Certainly logic would tell you that if you run an empire you’re going to have Imperial Storm Troopers. It also explains a bit of why when so many countries act against their self-interest–I’m sure they know that if they fall on the “wrong” side of things they’ll be dealt with in an unpleasant fashion as described by John Perkins.

    People in opposition on part of the left and the libertarian right I don’t think understand the Machiavellian nature of politics and history. People who crave power developed specialized skills equivalent to athletes. I used to say that the Godfather movies should be your first introduction to political science–now I believe that may be true but the gangsters that operate today make these guys look like proverbial girl scouts. Because of the astoundingly large sums of money involved in these operations people play very, very ,very rough.

  • In 2013, it became clear that the foreign government opponents of Bashar Assad will not be able to imagine what is happening in Syria as a civil war. It was not successful attempt to combine the formation of Islamists, various bandits and local self-defense units in the so-called “Free Syrian Army”. At first the plan began to emerge revealing terrorists and thugs “Dzhebhat en Nusra” and “Islamic state.”

    Block western countries through the project of the terrorist group “Islamic State” put the world on the brink of a global religious and civilizational conflict. Today in the ranks of the “Islamic state” fight come from more than 100 countries, and the proportion of mercenaries in a terrorist organization is 40%.

    В 2013 году стало окончательно ясно, что зарубежным противникам власти Башара Асада не удастся представить происходящее в Сирии как гражданскую войну. Не увенчалась успехом попытка объединить формирования исламистов, разнообразные бандгруппы и местные отряды самообороны в так называемую «Сирийскую свободную армию». На первый план стали выходить откровенные террористы и головорезы из «Джебхат ан-Нусры» и «Исламского государства».

    Блок западных стран с помощью проекта террористической группировки «Исламское государство» поставили мир на грань глобального религиозного и цивилизационного конфликта. Сегодня в рядах «Исламского государства» воюют выходцы из более чем 100 стран, а доля наёмников в террористической организации достигает 40%.

  • Carl_Herman

    Great catch and pass from Michel, GW; thank you. Until we reach critical mass that these are MASSIVE CRIMES, we’ll continue to get rolled like this. The crimes are in sooooo many areas. The 99.99% have their voices, and are capable now to demand arrests.

  • September 25th, 2015 US Cooperation with Russia on Syria?

    Days after 9/11, retired General Wesley Clark visited then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon “No one will tell us where or when to bomb”, he was told. Military commanders said Iraq would be attacked.


    Aug 7, 2015 US Intelligence Confirms US Support for ISIS

    A partially-declassified DIA report brings disturbing details about US support for jihadists in Syria. What kind of game is the US government playing in the Middle East?


  • October 28th, 2015 Donald Trump Says the U.S. Should Have Stolen Iraqis’ Oil After Destroying their Country

    On Sunday the 25th of October, Republican U.S. Presidential aspirant Donald Trump was interviewed onCNN’s “State of the Union” show, and was asked about Iraq. He said, “I told you very early on, if we’re going to leave, take the oil.” He then repeated this theme again, in this CNN interview: “And I said, take the oil when we leave.


  • The Ruskis need to make a bombing run to Langley, VA

  • James

    Let’s see – The Russians, invited by the sovereign government of Syria to help protect them from rebels, are bombing those rebels and that includes our “guys”.

    Ahh, but we are only supporting “moderate rebels” – is that like “moderate terrorists”, or “moderate murderers”?

    It really sounds like our “moderately smart leaders” are only sending our “moderately smart” CIA assets and mercenaries to do this task. Maybe because they are only “moderate rebels” then we get a significant discount over if they were “good rebels”.

    Umm, I guess we expect our enemies to roll over and die when we try to invade their country illegally and kill them, rather than get the help they need to fight back.

    And so the American public finds out how crazy the propaganda has been about Syria – we say we are trying to drive ISIS (ISIL) out, but in reality they keep expanding. Apparently they have been expanding because they are us!!! Now that Vlad is pounding them, we start squealing “not fair!”.

    So it comes out that the war on terror is actually a war of terror, and guess who the king terrorist is? The Hanoi squealer himself. I guess he learned a long time ago “if you can’t beat them, join them”.

    If the American public believes this crap and sends more of our sons and daughters to terrorize, murder and get murdered – then shame on us.

  • tom

    You have to hand it to our spooks: they have answers ready for anything! Our guys are discovered among the terrorists, dressed as terrorists, and apparently helping them? Oh no, they have just infiltrated the terrorists, the better to combat them!

    Unbelievable (in more ways than one).

  • cityspeak

    And what about that hunk Prince Harry? Is he flying missions and risking his beautiful neck for God, Queen and Country?
    Perhaps too busy playing the bad frat prince role to William’s “sensible one”?
    You know the British people just keep the royals around for tradition.
    The tradition they are still engaging in of killing people from far away and stealing the wealth beneath the murdered victims’ feet.