May 31, 2013
Syrian state-run television reported on Thursday that the 33-year-old Michigan woman, identified as Nicole Lynn Mansfield, and the two others were members of al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.
They were ambushed by Syrian government forces in their car while traveling through Idlib.
Television footage showed a black car riddled with bullets, and three bodies laid out with multiple gunshot wounds.
It also showed a cache of weapons, a computer, a hand-drawn map of a government installation, and a flag belonging to the terrorist group al-Nusra Front.
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Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government forces, have been killed in the violence.
Damascus 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.
The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants.
Several international human rights organizations have accused militants operating in Syria of committing war crimes. –PressTv
“TV footage showed a bullet-riddled car and three bodies laid out. It also showed weapons, a computer, a hand-drawn map of a government military facility and a flag belonging to the al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front,” reports CNN.
The American woman was later identified as 33-year-old Nicole Lynn Mansfield, from Michigan.
The Al-Nusra connection again underscores the point that while Britain and France plan to arm rebels after an EU ban was lifted, opposition militants fighting in Syria are becoming increasingly extremist, radicalized and dominated by foreign jihadists.
Jabhat al-Nusra is now the leading front line fighting force in Syria and is commanding the other rebel groups as FSA rebels are defect to the terrorist group in droves. Immediately after the State Department declared Jabhat al-Nusra a terrorist organization, 29 different FSA rebel outfits pledged allegiance to the Al-Qaeda group. In April, the leader of Al-Nusra formally pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda.
Despite the best efforts of NATO powers to portray the FSA and Jabhat al-Nusra as separate entities, so-called “moderate” FSA rebels are now mimicking Al-Nusra’s behavior, such as a recent video which showed an FSA fighter cutting out the heart of a Syrian soldier and biting into it.
FSA rebels have also voiced their desire to see the Al-Qaeda flag fly over the White House once the rebels are victorious across the region, while singing songs that glorify Osama Bin Laden and the 9/11 attacks and even naming their units the “Bin Laden brigade”.
The reality that the Syrian opposition is now replete with bloodthirsty terrorists has turned public opinion squarely against arming the rebels, but NATO powers and the United States are still seriously considering supplying heavy weaponry in light of Russia’s decision to green light the delivery of six S-300 air defense systems to Syria under a 2010 contract.
The last American found to be fighting on the same side as FSA rebels was U.S. Army veteran Eric Harroun, who joined up with Al-Nusra in Syria but was arrested by FBI agents on his return to the U.S. and charged with using a rocket propelled grenade launcher on behalf of an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group.
Harroun’s father claimed his son had been working for the CIA, bolstering claims that the agency has been covertly aiding the rebels. In March, the New York Times reported that the CIA had been conducting, “a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad,” since early 2012.
Another American who fought alongside Al-Qaeda terrorists in both Libya and Syria, Matthew VanDyke, recently returned to the United States and gave lectures in Washington DC back in March. VanDyke admitted that he originally wanted to join the CIA but later became a self-described “freedom fighter”.
“Why westerners were fighting the Syrian government alongside Al Qaeda “rebels” is not known. What is known is that tomorrow front pages across the nation will be blasting “American woman killed in Syria” and the ensuing thirst for revenge will be just the missing link needed by the administration, in lieu of having found no weapons of mass destruction, to escalate the conflict even further,” writes Zero Hedge.