Saudi Connection to Chechen Terrorists in Syria?

By Ben Barrack

If a recent article by the Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is accurate, the Saudi intelligence chief is able to turn Chechen terrorists on and off. Not only were the Boston Marathon bombers both Chechen but at least two Saudis were injured in the blast – Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi and Nura Al-Ajjaji.

Al-Harbi: Saudi injured in Chechen Terrorist attack.

Al-Harbi: Saudi injured in Chechen Terrorist attack.

By far, the most controversial of those two Saudis is Al-Harbi. In the hours after the bombing, he was reportedly a ‘suspect’ whose home was searched for hours by authorities. He then became a ‘person of interest’ and ultimately just a ‘witness’ who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, despite being on a terror watchlist.

Now, let’s get back to Evans-Pritchard’s article from this past August 27th. It has to do with the Saudis offering Russia a ‘secret oil deal’ if the latter backs off of its support for Syria. Saudi Intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, is reported to have met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at about the same time that Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham were in Egypt, lobbying for the release of Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

Take a look at these two paragraphs from Evans-Pritchard, in which he relays accounts of the meeting between Bandar and Putin, via a Lebanese newspaper:

As-Safir said Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord. “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us,” he allegedly said.

Prince Bandar went on to say that Chechens operating in Syria were a pressure tool that could be switched on an off. “These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future.” {emphasis mine}

Saudi Prince Bandar at Bush Ranch in 2012

Saudi Prince Bandar at Bush Ranch in 2012

So, Chechen terrorists “are controlled by” the Saudis. Many will object, saying that this is a reference to Syria and Olympic games that haven’t even yet begun but let’s take another look.

How is it that two Saudis – one being Al-Harbi, who was on a terror watchlist – were both injured at the Boston Marathon bombing, which was carried out by Chechen terrorists? Why was the U.S. government tight-lipped about Al-Harbi? How and why did this student go from ‘suspect’ to ‘person of interest’ to ‘witness’ to innocent bystander in just two days? The Boston Marathon is an Olympic-style event. Did this bombing come up in the meeting between Bandar and Putin?

Make no mistake. If Bandar did as Evans-Pritchard alleges, he threatened Putin with the deaths of innocent people if Putin didn’t do as Bandar wanted.

As we reported last week, Putin doesn’t appear to have taken the bait. According to Business Insider’s Geoffrey Ingersoll, this meeting between Bandar and Putin had the blessing of the U.S. This would mean the Obama administration signed onto a veiled threat to kill innocent people (isn’t that the beef against Assad?):

Along with Saudi officials, the US allegedly gave the Saudi intelligence chief the thumbs up to conduct these talks with Russia, which comes as no surprise. Bandar is American-educated, both military and collegiate, served as a highly influential Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., and the CIA totally loves the guy. {emphasis mine}

Isn’t signing onto a meeting in which one party threatens the deaths of innocent people an impeachable offense?

As the Obama administration just continues beating the ‘Assad did it’ drum, evidence of Saudi involvement is blatantly ignored, to include a video that purports to show Chemical Weapons and materials seized by the Syrian government. In one video, a bag of chemicals from Saudi Arabia can clearly be seen.

Dale Gavlak, a writer for the AP, the BBC, and Salon penned an extremely explosive article that implicates Bandar and the Saudis in the deaths of Syrians in the August 21st Chemical Weapons disaster. This too is being ignored by the administration and members of Congress.

When it comes to the Saudi / Chechen connection to the Boston Marathon bombing and the Saudi / Chechen connection described above, evidence against the Saudis is blatantly ignored by Obama administration officials and members of Congress.


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