SECOND POST – SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 – ANOTHER BLAST IN DAMASCUS AT THE MOD

SECOND POST – SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 – EXPLOSIONS IN DAMASCUS WORK OF JOINT NATO TERRORIST SQUADS

Smoke rises from the Ministry of Defense Building after the second bomb was detonated.  (Courtesy AP)

On September 25, 2012,  terrorists detonated two suicide bombs inside vans packed with C-4 (Semtex) explosives.  The bombs went off at approximately 7:00 a.m. local time in Damascus before the arrival of Syrian General Staff officers.  According to Syrian state t.v., four guards were killed and innocent bystanders were injured, some seriously.  Down the highway which links the Damascus International Airport to Omayyad Square,  was the Martyr’s Sons School which had been commandeered by terrorists and was used as a staging ground for attacks on the Ministry of Defense immediately after the two explosions.   Our source in Damascus, Monzer, spoke to us this morning and confirmed the accuracy of the state television report.  But, he had more to say about the origins of this operation.

First of all, the timing was inelegant.  The bomb went off at 7:00 in the morning.  Interestingly, the Syrian Defense Minister, Lt. General Fahd Al-Fureij, was to have met at that time with several high-ranking field commanders.  But the meeting was cancelled the night before because General Fureij has put into operation a “disinformation” program in which appointments are made across ordinary lines in order to confuse NATO eavesdroppers.  General Fureij no longer holds meetings at the MOD in Damascus but, instead, convenes them at undisclosed locations.  The explosions of July 2012 which took the lives of four major defense officials was a lesson that had become engraved in everyone’s mind.  In point of fact, General Qassem Sulaimani, of the Iranian Qods Force, will not meet at all at the MOD.

According to Monzer, the plan was to have 30 terrorists dart out from the Martyr’s School and dash into the affray at the Ministry of Defense.  There, Monzer believes, the terrorists were to take defense officials hostage in order to embarrass the government – and then, execute them.  But the plan backfired when the officials were nowhere to be found and the terrorists were confronted with heavily armed security agents inside the building who refused to surrender.  The stranded agents inside managed to escape down to the ground floor to safety mostly because a fire had been ignited in some parts of the building.  In the meantime, heavily armed agents from the nearby Air Force Intelligence Building shot over and began to set up a perimeter, effectively cutting off any avenue for escape, as more security forces arrived.  There was a vigorous firefight for about two hours after which time all terrorists but three were killed.  The three were taken by Air Force Intelligence to a place for interrogation.

Only one of the three prisoners was Syrian.  His name is Muhammad Umar Abu Gharib.  The other two were Libyan nationals who had made their way to the capital via Turkey.  Monzer did not have their names. Of the remaining terrorists, there were six Syrians, two Jordanians, two Palestinians, with the rest being from different Arab countries.  Monzer was clearly upset when he told me that Turkey’s actions were “an act of war”.  No kidding.

General Fahd Al-Fureij, a native of Hama, addresses the Syrian people after his appointment as Defense Minister.  He has proven himself to be a formidable opponent of NATO’s terrorists.

SyrPer agrees with Monzer that the operation must have been arranged and planned by NATO in Jordan. The use of Intel from surveillance is more technology than that possessed by the FSA or its Islamist Salafist allies.  The data concerning the meeting at the MOD could not have been obtained but with eavesdropping technology possessed by CIA spooks in Northern Jordan being fed direct Intel from American satellites.  Monzer did warn, however, that a mole or “moles” may also be involved – an issue being investigated as we write by Political Security Directorate and heads of internal security for Damascus.

Monzer said it was too early to tell who supplied the Semtex used for the explosions.  He remarked that an “enhancer” in the form of military grade TNT might have been used.  This evidence would not be forthcoming for a few days.  Qatar is suspected of being involved in providing this materiel to give the U.S. credible deniability. 

SyrPer would be remiss, though, in not admitting that serious lapses are becoming disturbing, to say the least.  We don’t doubt that the vaunted Syrian constellation of security and intelligence agencies are some of the best in the world…..not at all.  But, certain government centers of power must be made sacrosanct and impervious to these kinds of terrorist attacks.  Whenever, a building such as the MOD is violated,  concerns are raised; people begin to question the commitment of certain parties to the cause of protecting Syria and Syrians from the predations of fake Muslims such as these Takfiris and Salafists. 

The Turks, might be asking those same questions right now.  Read Post 3.

   

 


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This is mystifying. Wasn’t there a mile perimeter that was shoot-on-sight for vehicles and a 500-yard one for pedestrians? How can 30 or 40 guys do anything, even with a mole or two? That is one of the reasons that security guards are not told their assignments or who they will work with. If the army is 400,000 strong, then 20,000 or so might be at the HQ, right?

It seems that this was not a technology problem.

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These kinds of attacks are hard to stop.Money rules everything. Even a dedicated guard at the MOD can be corrupted to simply pass on the explosives into the building and detonation done by remote control at a later time – it’s not hard to do. NATO’s been working overtime to buy off Syrian military generals,officers to the lowest of ranked soldier.They’ve made no secret about this.A promise of $1 MILLION in a bank account will make even the most patriotic mind shudder. It seems the conflict’s taking too long for the backers of the terrorist groups.For Obama, he needs a… Read more »
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I think Syria must consider the real possibility of assassinating the Emir or Qatar, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other countries hosting the terrorists.

These countries have already declared war on Syria and any action taken by Syria must be views within this context.

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Anon2 – The money is an issue, but Russia, China, Iran and many other countries wouldn’t exist in their current forms if all it took was some money from New York to buy some soldiers. A competent army institutes procedures that prevent this. For example, guards do not know in advance when and where they will go. They do not know who they will be teamed with. Serious security checks and check points go through everyone’s briefcases. A shoot-on-sight perimeter is created. Tests are made with attempts to bribe, and those who accept are arrested. The list goes on and… Read more »
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