“We slaughtered him with knives, God is Great.”
Let's see, our "friends" in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf are working with
the CIA to run guns to Al Qaeda in Syria. And Comrade Obama & his GOP
allies tell us the secular government of Syria is bad. I smell Bullshit.
Syrian rebels have a new source of weapons and cash from inside Kuwait, and their benefactors in the oil-rich state are sending the aid to the most militant and anti-West factions involved in the fight to topple Bashar al-Assad.
The role of Saudi and Qatari governments and individuals in the funding and arming of Islamist fighters in Syria has been well known since the civil war began more than two years ago. But now, guns and money are flowing from private sources and Salafist-controlled NGOs based in Kuwait, and they are going to rebel factions aligned with Al Qaeda.
“We are collecting money to buy all these weapons, so that our brothers will be victorious,” hard-core Sunni Islamist Sheikh Shafi' Al-Ajami announced on Kuwaiti television last month, listing the black-market prices of weapons, including heat-seeking missiles, anti-aircraft guns and rocket-propelled grenades reports Fox News.
Mass Beheadings Message from Abu Hafsوعد من ابو حفص من سوريا بقطع الرؤوس
American Jihadists in Syria fighting beside the FSA and Al-Nusra Front rebels
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"U.S. - Britain are arming the Islamist Syrian Rebels."
Days later, Al-Ajami addressed a small throng outside the Lebanese Embassy in Kuwait and gleefully described slitting the throat of a Shiite Muslim in Syria.
“We slaughtered him with knives,” Al-Ajami said to shouts of “God is Great.”
Among the groups receiving money from Kuwait is the Syrian Islamic Front, an alliance of eight jihadist groups, which while ready to conduct joint operations with Western-backed rebels, has refused to join the Free Syrian Army. SIF leader Hassan Aboud Abu Abdullah al-Hamawi has admitted publicly the alliance has received funding from the al-Ajami network of donors.
Al-Ajami, a member of the Kuwaiti parliament, isn’t alone in the Gulf country banging the drum for jihad and raising money for Syrian rebels and jihadists.
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which started this week, is high season for fundraising and analysts expect that with Sunni-Shiite tensions now at their height across the Middle East -- a result of what has become a sectarian conflict in Syria -- Kuwait’s Sunni Muslims will rally to anti-Shiite Islamist appeals for donations.
Former members of the Kuwaiti parliament Falah Al Sawagh and Waleed Al Tabtabie also are highly visible fundraisers and frequent travelers to rebel-held areas in Syria, Turkey and Jordan to hand over cash to their favored groups, say analysts.
Although neither has adopted the fiery rhetoric of al-Ajami, Al Sawagh admitted recently to Reuters that he places no constraints on how the recipients spend donations he gives and the funding can go to jihad.
“They have absolute freedom to spend this money. If they can recruit mujahedeen for defending themselves and their sanctity with this money, then this is their choice,” he told the wire agency.
How much money Kuwaitis channel to jihadist and more extreme Islamist groups in Syria isn’t known. But Quillam Foundation’s Benotman believes the sums are substantial.
“We are talking millions and millions,” he says.
According to Benotman, the money isn’t just being collected from Kuwaitis, but is being sent there by other Gulf Arabs – especially from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to get around security measures by those governments.
“[Saudi Arabia and the UAE] have established official channels for aid and the governments supervise the funds destined for Syria,” Benotman said. “Saudis and Emiratis don’t want to risk severe punishment. So they send it to individuals and charities in Kuwait instead.”