#Terrornoia Update: Mar. 11, 2014

Danny Benavides
Traces of Reality
March 11, 2014


Most of this week’s links revolve around the ongoing, foreign-financed, proxy war ravaging Syria and its neighbors, along with some other noteworthy articles.

Temporary truces, continued infighting, and foreign combatants among rebel factions

ISIS joins other rebels to thwart Syria regime push near Lebanon via Mitchell Prothero @ McCaltchy News [despite brutal and belligerent rivalries, terrorist factions made up of veterans of America's wars on Iraq and Afghanistan fighting in Syria can still cooperate when it makes tactical sense]

The layers of fiction surrounding Al Nusra chief Abu Mohammed Al Jolani via Phil Sands and Suha Maayeh @ The National [fascinating background, and worth reading along with this article about Islamic Front leader Zahran Alloush by Joshua Landis and this piece on Al Akhbar by Radwan Mortada that adds more backstory to ISIS emir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Jabhat al Nusra]

Syrian rebel fighter recalls torture inside ISIS prison via Brenda Stoter @ Al-Monitor

Russian-speaking jihadists execute Syrians in Aleppo via Bill Roggio @ The Long War Journal [are these the Caucasus jihadis that Saudi prince Bandar Bush threatened Putin with, and has since handed over to Muhammad bin Nayef?]

Former ISIS fighter: Islamists fighting each other in Syria @ Al-Monitor

Dane, Uzbek among 30 suicide bombers eulogized by ISIS via Bill Roggio @ The Long War Journal

Al-Qaeda unveils new magazine aimed at Western jihadis via Rob Crilly @ The Telegraph

Assad military advance in western Syria pushed deal that led to nuns’ release, official says via Mitchell Prothero @ McClatchy News [Nuns kidnapped by Jabhat al Nusra freed amid prisoner swap and ransom payoff]

Report: $4M ransom paid to al-Qaeda-linked group for release of 13 nuns via AP and Reuters @ Ynet News [a few more details here]

Chemical weapons fears resurface along Syria-Jordan border

Siege of Syrian arms depot exposes chemical weapons fears via Phil Sands and Suha Maayeh @ The National

OPCW refuses to confirm nature of besieged Syria weapons depot via Phil Sands @ The National

Splintering alliances among “F(r)iends of Syria”

Another U.S. Anti-Front Falls Apart via “B” @ Moon of Alabama [the GCC had been barely pasted together with weapons sales, but its impotence on the ground in Syria contributed significantly to its undoing]

GCC rift could trigger new power struggle in Syrian opposition via Phil Sands @ The National

Saudi terrorism list raises question about Islamic Front via Abdallah Suleiman Ali @ Al-Monitor

9/11 plotter released in Syria prisoner exchange via John Rosenthal @ Al-Monitor [compliments the above article; interesting to note that the prison release was negotiated with help from Ahrar al-Sham, the largest wing of the Saudi-backed Islamic Front]

America’s hyperinterventionism elsewhere this week

Afghan opium cultivation troubling, report finds @ UPI [the one constant since the U.S. invasion has been the explosion of opium cultivation and export... Mission Accomplished?]

AQAP executes “American Spy” via Oren Adaki @ The Long War Journal’s Threat Matrix blog

U.S. Takes Training Role in Africa as Threats Grow and Budgets Shrink via Eric Schmitt @ The New York Times [with success after success in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, et al, what could go wrong?]

U.S. special forces sent to train Iraqi special forces in Jordan via Missy Ryan @ Reuters [as John Kerry meets with King Abdullah for "peace talks"]

Iraqi PM Maliki says Saudi, Qatar openly funding violence in Anbar via Ned Parker @ Reuters

Libya key source for illicit arms, fueling conflicts: U.N. envoy via Michelle Nichols @ Reuters [another glorious NATO victory!]

Wars on Everything via Anthony Gregory @ The Independent Institute [Gregory's writing is always worth reading]

The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld via Peter Dale Scott @ Global Research [an in-depth and enlightening long-read from the essential Peter Dale Scott]