Germany, U.S and UK admit that Al-Qaeda operates in Syria
An Iraqi Al-Qaeda operative has admitted that his organization is taking part in the Syria .
The revelation comes amidst increasing evidence that Al-Qaeda is gaining a foothold in Syria.
Abu Thuha, a 56-year-old Al-Qaeda operative living near Kirkuk in northern Iraq, described the Islamist organization’s grand plans.
“We have experience now fighting the Americans, and more experience now with the Syria,” Abu Taha noted.
“Our big hope is to form a Syrian-Iraqi Islamic state for all Muslims, and then announce our war against Iran.”
Similar revelations that "around 90 terror attacks that can be attributed to organizations that are close to Al-Qaeda or jihadist groups were carried out in Syria between the end of December and the beginning of July” have been made by the German foreign intelligence service.
The German government admitted that it had received several reports from the German foreign intelligence service, but noted that the content of these reports was to remain classified "by reason of national interest," in light of Germany's support for the rebellion and its political arm, the so-called National Council.
Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari also noted that while in the past decade his country suffered from an influx of Al-Qaeda operatives coming in from Syria, the direction of their flow has now reversed.
Last week, at least four senior government ministers were killed in an explosion in Damascus, as fighting between troops and rebels raged on in the outskirts of the city. Both the Free Syrian Army and the Islamist Liva al-Islam claimed responsibility for the bombing.
In February, US director of national intelligence James Clapper told Congress that a series of bombings against Syrian security targets last year bore “all the earmarks of an Al-Qaeda-like attack.”
General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, also suggested that Islamist militant organizations such as Al-Qaeda were trying to stir the conflict in Syria their way.