Syria tried to fuel holy war in Iraq against US and Britain

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President Bashar al-Assad of Syria secretly incited Iraq's top Shia leader to declare holy war against US and British forces, according to Washington's former administrator in the country.

In his new book, My Year in Iraq, Paul Bremer said he heard the explosive intelligence in October 2003 as sectarian tensions soared across the country following the fall of Saddam Hussein.

The report came from an extremely senior source, the supreme leader of Iraq's majority Shia community, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

According to Mr Bremer, the news was passed to him by Mowaffak al-Rubaie, a senior Shia politician involved in negotiations with the ayatollah. The Syrian leader had apparently recalled the Shia-led uprising against the British in 1920 and urged the Shia to repeat history.

The news "stunned" the US administration in Iraq. "This was an act of extraordinary irresponsibility from Syria's president," Mr Bremer writes. "We had good intelligence showing that many insurgents and terrorists were coming into Iraq through Syria."

But the allegation was far more serious, he says. "This message from Assad essentially incited Shia rebellion. If he were to succeed, the coalition would face an extremely bloody two-front uprising, costing thousands of lives."

The revelation that Syria's leader was trying to stoke unrest inside Iraq goes some way to explaining Washington's unrelenting hostility towards the Damascus regime ever since.
[c]Telegraph.co.uk

Is this the US paving the way for affirmative action over Syria?
 
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Agent_Smith said:
Is this the US paving the way for affirmative action over Syria?
Unlikely. I think that mr.Bremer tries to find an excuse to his failure in Iraq.

The news "stunned" the US administration in Iraq.
But what could they expect? Syrian call for 'full co-operation with liberators'? In this case mr.Bremer could be "stunned" no doubt.

The revelation that Syria's leader was trying to stoke unrest inside Iraq...
I have one little question: why mr.Bremer kept silence before?
 
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Why didn't Mr. Bremner mention this news before?

Because he was too busy shafting everything else.

That book should be entitled "My year in Iraq, how I made everything much, much worse trying to please my neo-con handlers , and ensure I got next lucrative employment after this debacle"
 
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From the Groaniad...

Mr Bremer, the man most commonly associated with implementing postwar policies that led to the rise of the insurgency, has claimed that senior US military officials including the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, tried to make him a scapegoat for their failings.
Lizard :roll:
 
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PartTimePongo said:
From the Groaniad...

Mr Bremer, the man most commonly associated with implementing postwar policies that led to the rise of the insurgency, has claimed that senior US military officials including the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, tried to make him a scapegoat for their failings.
Lizard :roll:
I heard Mr. Bremer back-pedaling from that accusation on one of the radio talk shows here. Mr. Bremer is flogging his new book in such venues.

He basically exonerated Mr. Rumsfeld and blamed lesser, faceless DoD bureaucrats. And he softened his criticisms considerably even as to them.
 
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Gutless Lizard :roll:
 

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