‘Phoenix jihadist’s’ dad claims son worked in Syria for CIA

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As US Army veteran Eric Harroun awaits trial in Virginia for allegedly fighting alongside al-Qaeda supporters, the man’s father claims he was working for the CIA and was reporting back to the agency from Syria.

Harroun, a 30-year-old American from Phoenix, Arizona, has been charged by the US government for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely a rocket propelled grenade launcher) to conduct an attack against the Syrian government. The US Army veteran dubbed by media ‘Phoenix jihadist’ appeared in numerous videos alongside members of the al-Nusra Front, designated by the State Department as a terrorist organization in December, but which has also been fighting alongside the Syrian opposition to take down the Assad regime. To date, 29 US-backed Syrian opposition groups have linked with al-Nusra, and have signed a petition calling for the support of the Islamist group that the White House believes is a branch of al-Qaeda.

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According to FBI documents, Harroun traveled to Turkey last November and joined the fight led by the Free Syrian Army shortly thereafter. His father, Darryl Harroun, on Thursday told reporters that he doesn’t understand why the US government arrested his son, who he says was working for the Central Intelligence Agency.

He referred to his son as a ‘patriotic’ American who would never get involved with al-Qaeda, and claims he was  gathering information for the US government.

“I know he was doing some work for the CIA over there,”  the man’s father said. “I know for a fact that he was passing information onto the CIA.”

After seeing the documents regarding his son’s charges, Harroun told a CBS News reporter that it is all inaccurate and misleading and that the truth will eventually come out, since his son was simply gathering intelligence.

“About 99 percent of that stuff that you read on there is a bunch of bull,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any truth in any of this – he’s very patriotic” Continue reading

Former CIA Philip Giraldi: 50 CIA agents on Syrian-Turkish borders

CIA special forces agent – file photo

Philip Giraldi, former intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, said that about 50 high-ranking intelligence agents among them Americans, French, German and British officers are on the Syrian-Turkish borders.

The Turkish Newspaper of Hurriyet quoted Giraldi as saying that there are about 15 to 20 US agents at the Turkish borders.

“There would be paramilitary agents, they would be based at the Consulate in Adana or the Incirlik Air Base,” Giraldi said.

The former CIA Agent said that the agents would not cross into Syria but would direct intelligence operations from within Turkey in collaboration with Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency.

He added that there would be numerous spies working under the high-ranking spies and ‘many’ informants working under them.

Giraldi stressed that the Turkish and US intelligence agencies have been working so closely on the Syrian issue.

He added that the U.S. provided Turkey with photos including satellite pictures and sensitive technical information it normally would not share with anyone.

Giraldi was the head of the CIA team in Istanbul between 1986 and 1989 during his intelligence career of 18 years. Continue reading

40 US agents of Libyan decent arrested at Syrian/Turkish border

Text by Ozyism:

US is sending the same terrorists which destroyed Libya to Syria, now we see the same execution, butchery and torture in Syria. This isn’t a coincidence, Syrian Security Forces captured 40 of these terrorists yesterday trying to get in Syria, these are agents of US who not only execute innocent Syrians, but also attack security forces, government buildings and Syrian livelihood (for example pipelines etc).