A former member of al-Qaeda has said the leader of al-Nusra Front, the primary terrorist group in Syria fighting against the Syrian government, is a CIA operative.
“I personally believe that the leader of the Nusra Army who declared his support for Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a CIA operative in the al-Nusra,” Sheikh Nabil Naeem, who led an al-Qaeda training camp in Egypt, made the revelation in a recent video testimony.
Addressing the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra militants, Naeem said, “You are fighting the war in Syria on America’s behalf.”
Naeem, who has renounced violence, also identified al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri as a U.S. double agent.
Abu Mohammed al-Golani, the head of the terrorist al-Nusra Front, pledged allegiance to al-Zawahiri on April 10.
Naeem was a high profile militant in Egypt and is believed to have been involved in the assassination of former Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat in 1981. He was released from prison after the regime of Hosni Mobarak collapsed in February 2011.
He said the United States funded and supported al-Qaeda in Afghanistan for 18 years and that he was personally “fooled by an American plot.”
The United Nations Security Council has added the al-Nusra Front operating in Syria to the UN sanctions blacklist.
The terrorist group has been behind hundreds of deadly bombings targeting both government and civilian institutions including hospitals and schools across Syria since the crisis began in March 2011.
The group is also responsible for killing American troops in Iraq.
According to U.S. media reports, the U.S. military has been secretly training some militant groups since November last year.
The United States has begun shipping weapons to Jordan to arm the militants in neighboring Syria, after the White House claimed that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against the militants. Damascus has strongly rejected the allegation.
Damascus says the conflict is being engineered from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants fighting in Syria are foreign nationals.