The Anti-Terrorism Centre that administers the secret plan for executions via CIA-led drones (remotely controlled planes), notably in Pakistan and Yemen, has established a group of experts tasked with gathering information on "radical Islamists in Syria." So announced the Los Angeles Times on 15 March 2013. [1]

The daily newspaper has cited as a source, various US officers both "past and present", who specify that this is a step before eventual “lethal strikes with drones" in Syria. According to the Los Angeles Times, the work of the expert group "includes gathering information on Islamic extremists” and their aim is "to protect the United States and their allies" against violence escalating in Syria.

It is noted that the authors of this article never ask if this would prevent the CIA team from collecting information that would permit Washington to strike the leaders of the Syrian regime, including President Bashar al-Assad himself.

The Los Angeles Times, neither questions this. Ditto for the AFP article [2] which informs us of it; they never ask on the basis of what right, the US agency should "wind down" anybody in a third country. Finally, although the new Head of the CIA, John O. Brennan, himself critical of the way the United States encouraged growth of al-Qaida as a means of fighting the Soviet presence in Afghanistan, in the 1980s, the disclosure in the Los Angeles Times seems to fit with the theory that Thierry Meyssan articulated in November 2012 on the potential winding down of "jihadists that have worked for the agency " [3], but who now have become a pest.

Anoosha Boralessa

[1« CIA begins sizing up Islamic extremists in Syria for drone strikes », by Ken Dilanian and Brian Bennet, Los Angeles Times, March 15th, 2013.

[2« Syrie : la CIA envisage de liquider des islamistes radicaux de l’opposition», par Francisco Leong, AFP, 15 mars 2013.

[3Obama II – the purge and the pact”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Pete Kimberley, Information Clearing House (USA) , Voltaire Network, 28 November 2012.