Former senior CIA analyst David McMichael says it’s “embarrassing” for the U.S. to back Syria-based terrorist groups fighting the Bashar al-Assad government while simultaneously ramping up support to Iraq's Counterterrorism Service to better fight al- Qaeda there which has close ties to the terrorist group Jabhat al Nusra of Syria.
“In Syria, this group, Jabhat al Nusra has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department last year. Now this is a little embarrassing for the United States because Washington openly, diplomatically supports the anti-Bashar forces in Syria and covertly assists them with supplies,” McMichael said on Wednesday.
McMichael added this latest development “also reveals that despite allegedly having removed U.S. armed forces from Iraq at the end of 2012, an unknown number of United States Special Forces are in covert direct support of the CTS.”
The CIA is “frantically seeking to retain a paramilitary role” in Iraq, he said.
Citing unnamed U.S. officials, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the CIA is increasing its role in Iraq in an effort to allegedly prevent a spillover from the unrest in Syria.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
In late February, the Obama administration said that it would provide an additional $60 million in assistance to militants fighting against the Syrian government.