Assad's Death Warrant

Whitney, Mike
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/15/assads-death-warrant/

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  15/09/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22171

The war in Syria did not begin when the government of Bashar al Assad cracked down on the uprisings in the spring of 2011, but rather the war began in 2009, when Assad rejected a Qatari plan to transport gas from Qatar to the EU via Syria.

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"Secret cables and reports by the U.S., Saudi and Israeli intelligence agencies indicate that the moment Assad rejected the Qatari pipeline, military and intelligence planners quickly arrived at the consensus that fomenting a Sunni uprising in Syria to overthrow the uncooperative Bashar Assad was a feasible path to achieving the shared objective of completing the Qatar/Turkey gas link. In 2009, according to WikiLeaks, soon after Bashar Assad rejected the Qatar pipeline, the CIA began funding opposition groups in Syria."

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