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London terrorist fought for McCain-backed jihadists

Sen. John McCain

Sen. John McCain

WASHINGTON – One of the Muslim terrorists who perpetrated the London Bridge attack previously fought in a militia associated with the Free Syrian Army, a group that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has worked tirelessly to arm and support.

According to the London Telegraph, terror suspect Rachid Redouane fought first in the Libyan revolution under a group known as Liwa al Ummah. He later joined a militia that deployed fighters to Syria and worked alongside al-Qaida jihadists.

Liwa al Ummah was formed by an underling of Abdul Hakim Belhaj, the former emir of the al-Qaida-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The Liwa al Ummah in Syria merged with the FSA in 2012 and collaborated with al-Qaida’s Syrian branch, Al-Nusra.

McCain constantly trumpets the FSA as a moderate opposition force to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The senator has parroted Elizabeth O’Bagy, a former director of a Syrian Islamic organization that helped define the Obama-era policy toward Syria.

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O’Bagy claimed in a Wall Street Journal editorial that “Contrary to many media accounts, the war in Syria is not being waged entirely, or even predominantly, by dangerous Islamists and al-Qaida diehards.”

Countless media outlets and politicians dispute that claim.

The New York Times ran a piece in 2013 outlining the dominance of jihadist groups in the fight against Assad’s regime.

“In Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, rebels aligned with al-Qaida control the power plant, run the bakeries and head a court that applies Islamic law,” the Times begins. “Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.”

A report from the Telegraph echoes thee claims, noting that the Syrian jihadists are “now the largest and best armed faction in the opposition.” Consequently, the London paper says, the “more moderate elements have become progressively weaker through a lack of supplies and defection of members.”

The Washington watchdog Judicial Watch, which documented the terrorist’s connections to the group McCain supports, said McCain “was so smitten by O’Bagy that he read a chunk of her Wall Street Journal opinion piece – touting the FSA as a moderate opposition force – during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.”

“In it, O’Bagy makes a case for U.S. military intervention in Syria by asserting that concerns about al-Qaida terrorists running the rebel operations are unfounded. After all, the United States doesn’t want to support the very jihadists that want to murder its citizens.”

McCain said at the hearing: “Contrary to many media accounts, the war in Syria is not being waged entirely, or even predominantly, by dangerous Islamists and al-Qaida diehards. The jihadists pouring into Syria from countries like Iraq and Lebanon are not flocking to the front lines. Instead they are concentrating their efforts on consolidating control in the northern, rebel-held areas of the country. Moderate opposition forces – a collection of groups known as the Free Syrian Army – continue to lead the fight against the Syrian regime.”

Judicial Watch said McCain’s support for FSA is so strong he created an “embarrassing outburst” when Syrian Christians visited Washington.

“The delegation of Syrian clergy went to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the region’s minority Christian community,” Judicial Watch said. “Christians make up about 10 percent of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. Churches have been destroyed or burned, children killed, nuns abducted and countless others abducted by Islamic fighters, the Syrian delegation revealed during the D.C. jaunt.”

McCain, said Judicial Watch, “refused to hear the negative stories about the rebels he’s working to arm and stormed out of a closed-door meeting with the Syrian clergy officials.”

“McCain marched into the committee room yelling, according to a high-level source that attended the meeting, and quickly stormed out. ‘He was incredibly rude,’ the source told Judicial Watch, ‘because he didn’t think the Syrian church leaders should even be allowed in the room.’”

A WND request for a comment from McCain’s office did not get a response.

After a visit to Syria this year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, sponsored the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act.” The bill’s objective is to stop any federal agency from using taxpayer money to provide aid or support to terrorist groups and countries that support terrorism, which would prevent the United States from supporting the Syrian opposition.

“Our government has been providing both direct and indirect support to these armed militant groups, who are working directly with or under the command of terrorist groups like al-Qaida and ISIS, all in their effort and fight to overthrow the Syrian government,” Gabbard told Russia Today.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

“One of the unintended consequences of nation-building and open-ended intervention is American funds and weapons benefiting those who hate us,” said Paul. “This legislation will strengthen our foreign policy, enhance our national security and safeguard our resources.”

The bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich.; Scott Perry, R-Pa.; Peter Welch, D-Vt.;, Tom Garrett, R-Va.; Thomas Massie, R-Ky.; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Ted Yoho, R-Fla.; and Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. It has been endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, Veterans for Peace and the U.S. Peace Council.

Terror is more and more present in today’s world, and the WND Superstore has the details you need to protect yourself, in “Muslim Mafia,” “Islamic Terrorism,” “Religion of Peace?” “Schmoozing with Terrorists,” “God’s War on Terror” and more.

 

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