The forces known as the Free Syrian Army, have 20,000 fighters, and are armed and funded by Qatar, DEBKAfile reported. The Doha-funded army has been mobilized in the form of military battalions and brigades in bases in Syria’s northern neighbor, Turkey.
The measure comes after Qatar was also involved in the ousting of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, according to the report.
The Qatari and Saudi rulers approved the program for the Qatari chief of staff Major General Hamas Ali al-Attiya to join the anti-Assad army for rapid deployment on the Turkish-Syrian border.
According to the report, so far a total number of 2,500 troops have been recruited. The hard core is made up of 1,000 members of the Islamic Fighting Group in Libya, which fought Gaddafi, and 1,000 operatives of the Ansar al-Sunna, the Iraqi Islamists that reportedly carried out 15 coordinated bomb attacks in Baghdad last Thursday.
Qatar has airlifted the 2,500 troops from Libya and Iraq to the southern Turkish town of Antakya in the border province of Hatay.
The top commander of the anti-Syria mission headquartered in Antakya is Abdel Hakim Belhaj, whose militia seized control of the Libyan capital Tripoli in August.
Qatari officers have set up communication links between the Libyan and Iraqi camps and they are coordinating their operations with the Free Syrian Army since last week.
The Turkish military and its intelligence services are observing the military activities, but they are not interfering.
The Wahhabi army, funded by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, is silently backed by the US and NATO members, with Turkey in the forefront of this support group.
Syria has been experiencing deadly unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Assad’s government.
Damascus blames “outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, maintaining that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
By Thierry Meyssan
In the wake of the “Arab Spring” and NATO interventions, both official and secret, Qatar seeks to impose Islamist leaders wherever possible. This strategy has led it not only to fund the Muslim Brotherhood and to hand Al-Jazeera over to them, but also to support Al Qaeda mercenaries, who will henceforth oversee the Free Syrian Army. However, this new scenario raises serious concerns in Israel and among the supporters of the “clash of civilizations.”
The UN Security Council members are at loggerheads over the interpretation of the events that are rocking Syria. On one hand, France, the United Kingdom and the United States claim that a revolution has swept the country, in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring”, and suffering a bloody crackdown. On the other hand, Russia’s and China’s take is that Syria is having to cope with armed gangs from abroad, which it is fighting awkwardly thereby causing collateral victims among the civilian population it seeks to protect.
The on-the-spot investigation undertaken by Voltaire Network validated the latter interpretation . We have collected eyewitness testimonies from those who survived an armed attack by a foreign gangs. They describe them as being Iraqis, Jordanians or Libyans, recognizable by their accent, as well as Pashtun.
In recent months, a certain number of Arab newspapers, favorable to the Al-Assad administration, discussed the infiltration into Syria of 600 to 1,500 fighters from the Islamic Fighting Group in Libya (IFGL), rebranded Al Qaeda in Libya since November 2007. In late November 2011, the Libyan press reported the attempt by the Zintan militia to detain Abdel Hakim Belhaj, companion of Osama Bin Laden  and historic leader of Al Qaeda in Libya, who became military governor of Tripoli by the grace of NATO . The scene took place at Tripoli airport, as he was leaving for Turkey. Finally, Turkish newspapers Continue reading
Wall Street Journal, a NATO propaganda outlet claims that Abdel Hakim Belhaj has disappeared and missing for few days. It is yet unclear whether he has been killed in the inner fighting, or he is just hiding until fighting cools down.
There has been fighting between NATO Mercenaries factions in Tripoli, and Belhaj was one of the leader of the factions involved in the fighting. Previous unconfirmed reports suggested that he has been shot by Zintan Mercenaries and was on his way to Italy for treatment.