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  • Syrians?????? Ya THINK?

    Updated 10:27 PM ET February 23, 2005


    By MAGGIE MICHAEL

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The bearded man in a gray jacket and shirt who appeared on the U.S.-funded Iraqi state television station Wednesday had a stark message about the insurgency _ he was a Syrian intelligence officer who helped train people to behead others and build car bombs to attack American and Iraqi troops.

    "My name is Anas Ahmed al-Essa. I live in Halab. I am from Syria," he said by way of introduction _ naming what he said was his home in Syria.

    "What's your job?" he was asked by someone off-camera. "I am a lieutenant in intelligence."

    Then a second question. "Which intelligence?" The reply: "Syrian intelligence."

    And so began a detailed 15-minute confession broadcast by al-Iraqiya TV, in which the man, identified as 30-year-old Lt. Anas Ahmed al-Essa, said his group was recruited to "cause chaos in Iraq ... to bar America from reaching Syria."

    "We received all the instructions from Syrian intelligence," said the man, who appeared in the propaganda video along with 10 Iraqis who said they had also been recruited by Syrian intelligence officers.



    Later, al-Iraqiya aired another round of interviews with men it said were Sudanese and Egyptians who also trained in Syria to carry out attacks in Iraq.

    Syrian officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the claims, which were not possible to authenticate independently. Iraqi officials also were unavailable for comment after the broadcasts, which aired late in the evening.

    The videos were broadcast as the Bush administration steps up pressure on Syria to stop meddling in Iraqi affairs by allowing insurgents to cross into the country to fight coalition troops and by harboring former Iraqi regime members. Syria has denied the charges.

    President Bush also repeated Wednesday his demand that Syria remove its 15,000 troops from neighboring Lebanon. International pressure on Syria to withdraw has increased since the Feb. 14 assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, Rafik Hariri.

    Top officials in Iraq's U.S.-backed interim government have called on Syria to hand over former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party who fled there after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, which Syria vehemently opposed.

    Al-Iraqiya TV can be seen nationwide and is believed to be widely watched by Iraqis _ mainly those who cannot afford satellite dishes offering the Persian Gulf-based Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya stations. But the station, which went on the air in May 2003 with help from the Pentagon, is viewed by many Iraqis as an American propaganda tool.

    Wednesday was the first time the channel showed someone it claimed was a Syrian intelligence officer.

    All those interviewed in the first video apparently were detained in the northern city of Mosul. It was not known where the interviews were made, and no date was provided.

    A man identified as one of al-Essa's aides, Shehab al-Sabaawi, said the group used animals for training in beheadings. Al-Essa said it required "at least 10 beheadings" for a member to be promoted to a group leader.

    "I had to send a report to Syria about how the operations are going," he said.

    Weapons, explosives and equipment were all provided by Syrian intelligence, the man claimed, adding that group members received $1,500 a month.

    Al-Essa said money was his motive for accepting an offer by a Syrian intelligence colonel he identified as Fady Abdullah to carry out attacks inside Iraq.

    "I was trained on explosives, killing, spying, kidnapping ... and after one year I went to Iraq with Fady Abdullah," al-Essa said.

    He claimed he infiltrated Iraq in 2001, about two years before the U.S. invasion, because Syrian intelligence was convinced that American military action loomed.

    An unidentified Iraqi officer introduced the video, saying all insurgent groups in Iraq were covers for Syrian intelligence. He named a number of well-known groups, including one which has killed and beheaded foreigners.

    Al-Essa claimed to be leader of the al-Fateh Army, a group that had not been heard of previously.

    Al-Sabaawi described himself as a former lieutenant colonel in Saddam's army. He said he was recruited at an Iraqi mosque in 2001 by an Iraqi man named Abu Bakr, whom he described as the al-Fateh Army's leader.

    "He offered to take us on a training trip to Islamabad," the Pakistani capital, al-Sabaawi said. "He told us that we could develop our skills, give us information about how to make car bombs and carry out kidnappings."

    Before returning to Iraq, al-Sabaawi said he spent 11 months in Pakistan. He did not say who trained him there.

    After Saddam's fall in 2003, al-Sabaawi said he spent a month in Syria, where he claimed to have received training from Syrian intelligence on how to behead hostages.

    "Syrian intelligence officers were supervising our training. We were ready to fight the Americans because any Iraqi and any Muslim can't live under occupation," he said.

    Afterward, he crossed the border and carried out attacks against U.S. military targets.

    He said the group started by making car bombs targeting American troops and Iraqi National Guardsmen before beginning a campaign of kidnapping and beheading Iraqis.

    The Sudanese and Egyptian nationals in the video broadcast later in the day did not belong to al-Fateh, the station said.

    Copyright 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may
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  • #2
    hey

    There you go again, Sodak!

    Making up these horrible lies about our good friends the Syrians!

    When will you ever learn, young man?

    It is no help when you stretch the truth like this!

    Surely no Syrian would actually do such things!

    It must be a right wing propaganda piece!

    Shame on you! Sodak!
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    • #3
      oh, bye the way...

      They will not let me give you any points, dude!

      I wonder why?
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      • #4
        Have no fear Dave, I hit 'em up. Those Syrians have a funny way of staying out of the war. First they take all of Saddam's WMD and next they perform Special Ops on us. Must be they want to be Liberated too.
        I've walked these streets, a loaded six-string on my back, I play for keeps 'cause I might not make it back, I've been everywhere still I'm standin' tall, I've seen a million faces and I've rocked them all!!:salute!:

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Big Bad John
          Have no fear Dave, I hit 'em up. Those Syrians have a funny way of staying out of the war. First they take all of Saddam's WMD and next they perform Special Ops on us. Must be they want to be Liberated too.
          haha...liberated.
          That was hilarious!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rcsodak
            the man, identified as 30-year-old Lt. Anas Ahmed al-Essa, said his group was recruited to "cause chaos in Iraq ... to bar America from reaching Syria."
            insofar as his goal is protect his home, i can't really blame him. if syria had invaded canada w/ the express goal of spreading sharia law across north america, i'd probably join an canadian "insurgent" group as well. of course, i wouldn't join any group that didn't focus on miltary targets exclusively.

            He claimed he infiltrated Iraq in 2001, about two years before the U.S. invasion, because Syrian intelligence was convinced that American military action loomed.
            looks like syrian intelligence is better than ours. lends credence to their fear that syria is on the list.
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            • #7
              Syria should be on the list, right at the top in my opinion. If we're fighting a war on terrorism, then this is the place to start, the most terrorist friendly country in the world.

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              • #8
                Besides Saudi Arabia, right?

                "The Gagne T-shirt jersey comes with a complimentary can of gasoline and a set of matches."

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                • #9
                  I still think Syria, if not equal, is maybe a little worse than Saudi Arabia. All of the major terrorist organizations are based in Syria, though I'm sure they have bases in Saudi Arabia as well.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Big Buck 1981
                    I still think Syria, if not equal, is maybe a little worse than Saudi Arabia. All of the major terrorist organizations are based in Syria, though I'm sure they have bases in Saudi Arabia as well.

                    Syria is probably up next true, but Saudi Arabia, that will not happen. They like our money too much to let that happen.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by NJBRONCOSFAN
                      Besides Saudi Arabia, right?
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                      • #12
                        so if syria is the number 1 terrorist supporter, should we have attacked them instead of iraq? or did they just become the number 1 terrorist supporter in the last couple weeks?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mattos
                          so if syria is the number 1 terrorist supporter, should we have attacked them instead of iraq? or did they just become the number 1 terrorist supporter in the last couple weeks?

                          They probably were always number 1, it's just I think Iraq was invaded because of Bush's revenge. But I might not know what I am talking about.
                          ---IZAAK

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                          • #14
                            I'd agree that Syria is worse - and has been for a few years. Prior to that I'd have leaned towards Saudi though.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by zero1307
                              They probably were always number 1, it's just I think Iraq was invaded because of Bush's revenge. But I might not know what I am talking about.
                              Besides the fact that Hussein defied almost every UN resolution and further starved his own people to continue his oppulent lifestyle. Food for oil, what a horrid disaster that was!

                              Funny how none of the good things happening in Iraq aren't reported by any of the major media sources.

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