The information comes after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week accused Russia of sending helicopter gunships to Syria for use in crackdowns on rebel positions across Syria.
In addition, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland echoed concerns by UN envoy Kofi Annan that a so-called massacre is being organized against the Syrian opposition. A previous attack against civilians in the Syrian neighbourhood of Houla saw 108 people, including 49 children, reportedly executed at close range on May 25.
The international community quickly blamed Assad’s forces for the massacre. But this past weekend, Germany’s leading daily, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, quoted sources claiming the Houla massacre was actually committed by anti-Assad Sunni militants.
Immediately following the massacre, this column reported that Syria presented the United Nations and the U.S. with information that a group affiliated with al-Qaeda, armed by Turkey, slaughtered the civilians in their homes in Houla, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials.
Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 7-9 p.m. His website is KleinOnline.com.