Syrian Refugee Camps Used by the US to Recruit Jihadists

Refugee Camps Used by the US to Recruit Jihadists

by Stephen Lendman

Refugee camps in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon are fertile grounds for jihadist recruitment. US war on the Syrian Arab Republic created the gravest refugee crisis since WW II.

The US uses ISIS, al-Nusra, and other jihadists as imperial foot soldiers, aided by Pentagon-led terror-bombing.

Endless war in Syria, now in its ninth year, rages because the US rejects resolution, and the supply of jihadists is plentiful. No matter how many are eliminated, lots more take their place.

One of the dirty secrets about the war is that the US and its imperial partners recruit, arm, fund, and train jihadists, using them as proxy foot soldiers.

Deplorable conditions leaves refugees in camps vulnerable to recruitment as a possible way to relieve their suffering, shifting them from one horrific situation to another of no return in most cases.

According to Russian National Defense Management Center General Mikhail Mizintsev, conditions at the Rukban and al-Hol refugee camps in Syria are inhumane, saying:

“All fundamental norms of international law are violated in (camps) controlled by the US. The situation at…Rukban and Al-Hol (is) critical.” 

“By artificially creating inhuman conditions at the refugee camps on the illegally occupied territories in Syria, the US is creating a basis for the return of terror organizations with the goal of maintaining instability in the country and the region.”

Head of Russia’s reconciliation center in Syria General Viktor Kupchishin added the following;

Conditions in refugee camps controlled by the US are responsible for “10 (to) 20 people dy(ing) each day” because of lack of food, medical care, and overall inhumane conditions.

After visiting the al-Hol camp in May, ICRC President Peter Maurer said he was “shocked” by stories “of children and women dying in big numbers because of all the difficulties.”

Good faith efforts by Russia to aid Syrian refugees return to liberated areas are largely rejected by US authorities.

The Obama regime and now Trump prevent conflict resolution.  Russia’s General Staff earlier accused the Pentagon of training terrorists at its illegally established 55-square km At Tanf area base in southern Syria.

Russia’s General Staff called the area a staging ground for US armed struggle against the Syrian government, using ISIS and other terrorists, Kurdish YPG fighters used for the same purpose in northern areas near Turkey’s border.

Jihadists recruited from refugee camps and by other means are supplied with heavy and other weapons by the US, European countries, Israel, Turkey, the Saudis, and their imperial partners – including tanks, large-caliber mortars, HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, anti-aircraft artillery and missiles, along with training on how to use CWs.

US-supported terrorists in Pentagon/CIA controlled camps recruit refugees to join their ranks. Denied food, clean water, and other essentials to life leaves them vulnerable to an alternative they hope improves their current status.

Western media largely ignore reality on the ground, pretending what’s gone on throughout the war is a US-led noble cause.

Tens of thousands of jihadists have been recruited from scores of regional, Western, and other countries to wage it — financed by the US, NATO, the Saudis, and their imperial partners.

In 2017, AMN News reported about a “pro-ISIS school in Indonesia recruit(ing) child fighters for Syria jihad.”

Tens of thousands of displaced Syrian children are vulnerable to recruitment. Social media are used to recruit jihadists.

In April, Russia’s main intelligence directorate (GRU) head Igor Kostyukov said ISIS and al-Qaeda are promoting their extremism and recruiting fighters in Latin America at “jihadist training camps and hideouts in the region” — the CIA likely behind what’s going on, perhaps Israel’s Mossad as well.

Kostyukov explained that Latin America’s six million Muslims make the region a fertile ground for recruitment.

The same goes for other areas with large Muslim populations. Islam is a major world religion with an estimated 1.8 billion adherents, mainly in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, along with parts of Africa.

Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) head Alexander Bortnikov said jihadist cells in Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, Libya, elsewhere in Africa, and Afghanistan pose a major threat.

Trump’s earlier claim about the US “knocking the hell out of ISIS” ignored Washington’s support for the terrorist group it created, along with al-Qaeda, its al-Nusra offshoot in Syria, and other jihadist groups.

The US didn’t wage war in Syria to quit, Pentagon forces operating from numerous bases in the country.

They’re used as platforms for endless aggression, some as training camps for jihadists as well, recruited globally, including from refugee camps the US controls.

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Jon Stewart lashes out at half-filled hearing on 9/11 responders bill

Jon Stewart lashes out at hearing on 9/11 responders bill: “You should be ashamed of yourselves”


In his emotional testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Stewart at times broke down in tears, shouting at the lawmakers and calling them “shameful.”

“I can’t help what think what an incredible metaphor this room is… a filled room of 9/11 first responders and front on me, a nearly empty Congress. Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak to no one… shameful,” said Stewart at the outset of his remarks. A little over half of the 14-member subcommittee members were present, mostly Democrats.

Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in 2010, over opposition from some Republicans who balked at its $7 billion price tag. The act was reauthorized in 2015 for 90 years. But a portion of the law — the Victim Compensation Fund — was only funded for five years, through the end of 2020.  The fund aimed to provide necessary financial support for the thousands who suffered serious medical issues, including a spate of cancer diagnoses, after the 2001 attacks.

Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart Testifies On Need To Reauthorize The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, right, before testifying at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, June 11, 2019. Also pictured are retired FBI Special Agent and 9/11 responder Thomas Mohnal; retired Fire Department of New York Lieutenant and 9/11 responder Michael O’Connell; and retired New York Police Department detective and 9/11 responder Luis Alvarez.GETTY

Dr. Jacqueline Moline, Chair of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention at Hofstra’s School of Medicine, testified before the panel that currently, more than 11,000 types of cancer have been reported since the attacks on 9/11, ranging from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, to debilitating lung cancers.

Several members of the New York congressional delegation, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, both Democrats, and GOP Rep. Peter King, have introduced the Never Forget the Heroes Act of 2019 to reauthorize the Victim Compensation Fund. It also has the support of New York’s two senators, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Stewart has long been a champion for the cause, first devoting an entire episode of “The Daily Show” to the political debate over the Zadroga Act back in 2010. He’s since become one of the most vocal advocates for 9/11 responders, repeatedly defending the right to health care coverage for those who responded and ran toward the falling towers.

Stewart was disgusted by the small number of members assembled for Tuesday’s hearing, calling the showing an “embarrassment to this country” and a “stain on this institution.”

“You should be ashamed of yourselves for not being here,” he added. “Accountability appears to not be something that occurs in this chamber.” Stewart expressed concern that such legislation like the Never Forget Act would just be punted like a “political football” and attached to riders in massive budget bills.

“Why this bill is not unanimous consent is beyond my comprehension,” Stewart admonished. He also lambasted Congress for those that consider the measure a “New York” issue.

“More of these men and woman are going to get sick and they’re going to die, and I’m awfully tired of hearing this is a ‘New York issue.’ Al-Qaeda didn’t shout ‘death to Tribeca.’ They attacked America,” Stewart remarked.

After a more than five-minute-long tirade against congressional inaction on the issue, the audience in the hearing room gave the comedian a standing ovation.

Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart Testifies On Need To Reauthorize The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
FealGood Foundation co-founder John Feal hugs former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, on June 11, 2019.GETTY

Stewart’s testimony was not the first to bring members of Congress and the audience to its feet. Luis Alvarez, a retired NYPD detective and 9/11 responder, also testified before the House panel. He is set to begin his 69th round of chemotherapy Wednesday to treat the cancer he was diagnosed with after the World Trade Center fell.

“This fund isn’t a ticket to paradise, it’s to provide our families with care,” said Alvarez. “You all said you would never forget. Well, I’m here to make sure that you don’t,” Alvarez said to a room of loud applause.

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