NSA document confirms Saudi prince ordered the attacks on the Syrian Presidential Palace and Damascus Airport
October 25th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
– Breakingnews.sy – – translated by Samer Hussein –
A top-secret document of the US National Security Agency (NSA) has revealed direct involvement of a Saudi prince in the attacks on several key sites in the Syrian capital city of Damascus on March 18th, 2013.
According to the document, provided by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden, Saudi Prince Salman bin Sultan, Deputy Minister of Defense and the brother of the former head of Saudi intelligence, Bandar bin Sultan, has provided 120 tons of explosives and other weaponry to the factions of the so-called “armed Syrian opposition”, instructing them to “light up Damascus” and “flatten” the airport, the document, produced by the U.S. government surveillance on Syrian jihadist groups, reveals.
On March 18th, 2013, terrorists began to intensively shell Damascus. The attack was a clear demonstration of terrorist force, carried out under the banner of the so-called “Free Syrian Army.”
Among the targeted places were the presidential palace, the Damascus International Airport and a government security complex.
The purpose of the attacks was to deliver a message to the Syrian government about the expansion of the Free Syrian Army’s grip on the country after two years of struggling against it, as well as to commemorate the second anniversary of the outbreak of the so-called “Syrian revolution.”.
The attacks were ordered directly by a member of the ruling Saudi regime, the prince Salman bin Sultan.
The Saudis have long been attempting to overthrow the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.
On August 6th, 2013, Salman bin Sultan was appointed deputy defense minister, replacing Fahd bin Abdullah Al Saud in the post.
On May 14th, 2014, he was relieved of his duty upon his request , and was replaced by Khalid bin Bandar Al Saud.
The document gives a glimpse into how the war developed, and shows the extension of the involvement of foreign powers in arming the terrorist groups, even going as far as to prepare certain special operations.
“A revolution, a proxy war, and a civil war are not necessarily mutually exclusive of each other. All these things can exist simultaneously in the same country, as seems to have been the case in Syria. There appear to be several different groups involved, all identifying themselves as different factions of the “Free Syrian Army”, and all apparently linking back to the same sponsor”, the website Intercept quoted Aron Lund, an expert on Syria at The Century Foundation, a New York-based think tank, as saying.
The Intercept website also noted that the Free Syrian Army factions belong to a jihadist front supported by Saudi Arabia and Jordan.