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    Kennedy: Daesh is a By-Product of Washington's Drive for Qatari Gas

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    Washington military planners decided to remove Bashar al-Assad from power using seasoned jihadist fighters because the Syrian president refused to back the Qatari project to build a gas pipeline through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey, radio host, attorney and nephew of US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. asserted.

    The $10 billion pipeline project first surfaced in 2000. Nine years later Bashar al-Assad announced that he would not support the initiative that would have granted Qatar direct access to European energy markets via terminals in Turkey.

    Soon after that "the CIA began funding opposition groups in Syria," Kennedy wrote for Politico.

    The CIA went ahead with this plan months before the Arab Spring uprising in Syria took place, which clearly indicates that the Syrian conflict is in fact a violent foreign-sponsored insurgency aimed at bringing a pipeline project to life, not a civil war for greater rights or representation.

    Moreover, "US intelligence planners knew from the outset that their pipeline proxies were radical jihadists who would probably carve themselves a brand new Islamic caliphate from the Sunni regions of Syria and Iraq," Kennedy observed.

    FILE - In this photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq
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    FILE - In this photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq

    This is what happened when Daesh fighters launched a blitz offensive on the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from their Syrian stronghold of Raqqa in June 2014. They later declared an Islamic caliphate on the territories under Daesh control, shocking the world with their brutality, financial resources and military capabilities.

    "Not coincidentally, the regions of Syria occupied by the Islamic State exactly encompass the proposed route of the Qatari pipeline," the expert added.

    If completed, the project would have had major geopolitical implications. Ankara would have profited from "rich transit fees." The project would have also given "the Sunni kingdoms of the Persian Gulf decisive domination of world natural gas markets and strengthen Qatar, America's closest ally in the Arab world," the expert noted.

    In addition, the pipeline would have also strengthened Saudi Arabia by giving the oil kingdom additional leverage against Iran, whom Riyadh sees as its archenemy.

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      dvdgrg09
      And the criminal bankers would be laughing all the way to the bank, and Russia would be a US satellite.
    • Drain the swamp
      Gas is the new oil. 8% of the worlds reserves are held in the joint Qatari/Iranian Pars gas field. The Turkish deployment of troops to Qatar is not a coincidence, its all part of this gas plot against Syria. Thank God the power of the Russian Christianity has overcome the devils plots, God is with Putin, and someone will have to ultimately pay for the lives and damage wrought upon Syria. May God give the Syrian people the courage and strength to continue resisting the forces of EVIL.
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      megargy
      This truth should be on every Newspaper in the World & Obama behind bars where deranged, psychotic, evil monkeys belong !
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      yehedgehogin reply tomegargy(Show commentHide comment)
      megargy, Are you a racist, insulting the monkeys like that?
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      megargyin reply toyehedgehog(Show commentHide comment)
      yehedgehog, You are absolutely right so I edited my comment to give equivalence to the type of monkey I was referring to.
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      kasivasantha
      The USA citizens have become zombies.They cannot do anything against this evil actions of the US government.The middle class is deliberately kept struggling for their survival by the bankers so that they don't bother about anything around them even if it is good or bad.
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      jas
      This is the same approach NATO countries used in Ukraine. Refuse what NATO wants? Prepare for violence.
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      karlof1in reply tomegargy(Show commentHide comment)
      megargy, The plan started under BushCo and gained momentum after his illegal invasion of Iraq, so he and his honchos ought to share that prison space.
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      karlof1
      Yep, it's always been about Pipelinestan.
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      vendor
      As each day passes there is an Arab (or two) less, and that's how they look at it.
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      jemfinch1
      Good for you, Mr. Kennedy! Keep on telling truth to power!

      If we could just find a few more spokespersons with your understanding, strength and courage of your convictions, this Pentagon-inspired, neo-imperialist nightmare we are living would soon come to an end.
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