Official–U.S. intelligence is the true leader of the “Syrian Free Army”, Huge pro-government rallies remain unreported
The Egyptian newspaper al-Arabi said on Friday that a colonel in the U.S. with the last name Cleveland is overseeing the operations of training and weaponry, and is the real leader of the “Syrian Free Army.” The publication says that Cleveland is moving between the fields of training his organization.
The colonel in charge of creating an army consisting of armed men opposed to the Syrian government, called “Syrian Free Army,” said the U.S. had created training bases in Turkey to the north, in eastern Lebanon, and Arbil in Iraq.
The Muslim Brotherhood party, which is demanding Turkey’s military intervention against Syria, has a militia trained by the U.S. and their intelligence services. They are providing data and technical equipment to them.
The newspaper added that the intelligence services that are funding and arming mercenaries to fight the army of Syria require that all armed groups call themselves “free army.”
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood admitted to being behind the protests in the province of Daraa in the south and Jisr al-Shughour in the north, and that they intend to form buffer zones as a prologue to military intervention. The article states that the page “Syrian revolution” on Facebook is managed by an intelligence network from Brussels, which had formed even before the events in Syria.
Most Syrians ‘supportive of Assad’
Although the majority of Arabs believe Syria’s President Basher al-Assad should resign in the wake of the regime’s brutal treatment of protesters, fewer Syrians are supportive of an immediate leadership change.
According to the latest opinion poll commissioned by The Doha Debates, Syrians are more supportive of their president with 55% not wanting him to resign. One of the main reasons given by those wanting the president to stay in power was fear for the future of the country.
That level of support is not mirrored elsewhere in the region with 81% of Arabs wanting President Assad to step down.
They believe Syria would be better off if free democratic elections were held under the supervision of a transitional government.
The poll’s finding support the result of November’s Doha Debate in which 91% of the audience called for President Assad to resign.
If President Assad resigns, Syria’s relations with Turkey, Lebanon and the United States are expected to improve while relations with Iran and Israel will worsen, according to the opinion poll findings.
The poll conducted by YouGov Siraj questioned more than 1,000 people in the Arab world between December 14 and 19.