In a rear admission British media acknowledge NATO partner Turkey’s facilitation of al-Qaeda. Western backed rebels were facilitated by Turkey in crossing the border to take the Syrian Christian-Armenian town of Kasab. A report from the British right of centre newspaper The Daily Telegraph acknowledges NATO partners role in the invasion and ethno-religious cleansing of the town of Kasab. Thousands of residents had to flee to the Syrian government stronghold of Lattakia city to find refuge.
The Daily Telegraph 14/04/2014 report by Ruth Sherlock:
Rebels and eye-witnesses claim that Turkish authorities allowed fighters to enter Syria through a strategic border post to carry out assault on Armenian town of Kasab.
Turkey facilitated an attack carried out by Islamist fighters against the Armenian town of Kasab inside Syria, eyewitnesses have told the Telegraph.
In an operation that was months in the planning, Turkish authorities gave rebel groups the mandate they needed to attack, allowing them access through a heavily militarised Turkish border post, whose location was strategically vital to the success of the assault.
"Turkey did us a big favour," said a Syrian activist with the rebel group, whose name the Telegraph knows but has been asked not to reveal. "They allowed our guys to enter from their border post.
"We needed to hit the regime from different sides and this was the only way from near the coast, so it was a big help."
Kasab, the ancestral home of the Armenian ethnic minority in Syria, which had remained relatively sheltered from the conflict in Syria.
Residents were woken on the morning of the attack, on March 21, to screams and cries.
"We woke to the sounds of the shelling. There was no time even to get dressed," remembered Bedros, 45, an Armenian resident who asked not to be identified by his real name. "I grabbed my wife and my children. We had no time to take our things. Some people fled in their night gowns."
Two days later Kasab was in the hands of an alliance of Islamist groups, including the jihadist Jabhat al-Nusra, aligned with al-Qaeda. Almost all of the villages approximately 2,000 inhabitants had fled.
The night of the attack a relative of Bedros had gone to one of the main border posts with Turkey, which is only lightly armed with Syrian troops, reportedly because of an agreement signed decades before the war.
"By the time he arrived the attack had begun. He saw the Islamist fighters standing with the Turkish army. They started launching their shells from the border".
The Turkish foreign ministry has issued a statement stating that the claims that the government aided the opposition in the attack are "totally unfounded and untrue".
However, the findings of investigation by Human Rights Watch (HRW), which included interviews with local eye-witnesses, directly contradict this claim.
"It is not feasible that these groups could have crossed into Syria from where they did without the knowledge of the Turks," Lama Fakih, the Syria and Lebanon researcher at HRW told the Telegraph.
"One of the areas they used was an official border crossing that residents say has a Turkish military presence."
The entry through the Kasab border crossing allowed the rebels to attack the Syrian military positions near village from several sides, making it key to the rebel assault.
U.S. celebrities of Armenian descent refuse to allow the terrorist invasion of Kasab to go unnoticed.
Rebel groups had wanted to attack Kasab for a long time, said the female activist, but Turkey had previously denied them access.
Residents themselves brought up memories of massacres in 1909, and the genocide in 1915, when Kasab villagers were slaughter in their thousands by the Ottomans.
"We always thought the Turks would attack us one day," said Bedros, the fellow family members who he is sharing his new lodgings in Lebanon, nodding as he spoke. "And with the attack on Kasab it was clear that Turkey helped. The attackers came from Turkish territory."
Kasab was however the Syrian regime's 'Achilles heel' in the well defended coastal province of Latakia, where many Alawites, the same religious minority as President Assad, live.
Al-Nusra and the Islamic Front have pushed deeper into the terrain, taking control of Samra, giving them access to the coastline and engaging in fierce battles for 'observatory 45', the highest mountain point in the area, and a strategically vital military position.
"You can see why we needed to take Kasab," said Dr Mahmoud, diplomacy envoy for the Islamic Front. "You can see what has happened. Now the regime is very very afraid." Original here
Head of the NATO and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) created SNC (Syrian National Coalition), Ahmad al-Jarba makes a celebratory visit to the environs of Kasab after it was seized by a cohort of armed rebels including the al-Qaeda group known as Jabhat al-Nusra. A report of the visit here in Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper
At the time of his appointment as head of the NATO - GCC created Syrian National Coalition the Lebanese secular daily newspaper al-Akhbar printed an article in which they revealed details of Ahmad al-Jarba’s colourful background. The following are some extracts.
"The source maintains that Ahmad al-Jarba’s trek to the highest post in the Coalition was planned from A to Z in the corridors of Saudi intelligence. The man, the source said, has a big rap sheet kept by Qatari, Saudi, and Syrian security services, for acts involving all three countries, and in the past, the three intelligence agencies had even coordinated operations in his pursuit."
"According to the source, records show that Riyadh handed over “the suspect Ahmad al-Jarba” to Damascus in 2008, on charges of drug trafficking, in accordance with an extradition agreement between Saudi and Syrian security services (which was suspended at the beginning of the Syrian crisis). Jarba was tried and sentenced to a prison term at the time."
"Recently, Saudi intelligence, under Bandar’s direct supervision, began touting Jarba as the chief of the Syrian branch of the Shammar tribe, presenting him inside the Coalition as their pointman for arms purchases. It is likely that Bandar bargained with several blocks in the Coalition over instating Jarba as the president of the opposition group in return for delivering game-changing weapons."
"The information available to the Syrian security services indicates that Jarba’s appointment came following pressure from Saudi Arabia during the most recent meeting held by the countries backing the Syrian opposition in Doha. Secret agreements were reached, including one between Paris and Riyadh over thepurchase and delivery of advanced weapons for the benefit of the opposition."
"Concerning the claim that Jarba controls groups in Hasakah and Qamishli, it is common knowledge in Upper Mesopotamia that the man has been banished by not only his tribe, but even his close family. His father had distanced himself from his son ever since he was exposed for running brothels,"
Above: Muslim Brotherhood Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan feeds cake to Saud al Faisal, foreign minister of the Saudi regime. Turkey has acted as facilitator and conduit for armed Islamist rebels entering Syria while Saudi Arabia is a principle funder and promoter of same.
al-Akhbar reports: "The militants who seized Kessab have plundered its homes and farms, even taking the tractors." Read the article here
The population of Kessab was moved to Latakia. Here are the latest videos from Latakia Saint Asdvadzadzin church.
2000 people left their homes today are in dire need for every kind of assistance. The local Armenian community with its several divisions is trying to help with their best efforts.
The delegates met the refugees and followed closely their needs. They tried to organize the chaotic situation. The step by step move was followed by the Catholicos who was overseeing the whole situation.
The unity of all Armenians in the world is much needed now more than ever. Armenians have to raise their voices everywhere and demand justice. Unless Turkey is not punished for the 20-th century's first genocide, it will continue to do so with every opportunity arise to harm the Armenians wherever they are in this world.
Update 01/05/2014: Testimony for one of thise who escaped the terrorist invasion of Kessab