- In 1956 the NSA and CIA met in Damascus to discuss a US-backed ‘anticommunist’ takeover of the country. The plan was code named Operation Straggle – this is historic fact.
- In 1957 Operation Wappen was orchestrated by Allen Dulles for the overthrow of Syria’s government. Bribes to Syria’s military establishment were documented – this is historic fact.
- Also in 1957, British MI6 and the CIA plotted the assassination of top Syrian officials in what became known as the “Preferred Plan” – this is historical fact.
- In 1967, as tensions between Arab countries and Israel boiled, the Israelis launched a preemptive air strike against Egypt’s air forces destroying opposing forces’ air superiority. The CIA and MI6 had predicted Israel could win with a preemptive attack. This is historical fact.
- The 1973 Yom Kippur War saw the crucible of US, European, Soviet, Arab and Israeli policy and intelligence spiked. As the Arabs led an attack on Israel, so too the CIA and US State Department played a deadly game of cat and mouse. The OPEC Oil Embargo of the same time further cemented ongoing crisis. This is historical fact.
- In 1983, then President Assad’s treaty with the Soviets prompted the CIA to aid the Muslim Brotherhood in their uprisings. This is historical fact.
- From 2001 to 2003, the Bush administration and the CIA used Syria for the illegal detention and torture of “ghost detainees” in an operation called “Extraordinary Rendition” – this too is historical fact.
- On Sunday, 26 October 2008, the CIA conducted a paramilitary raid on the town of Sukkariyeh in eastern Syria. The raid involved two dozen U.S. commandos in specially equipped Black Hawk helicopters. Since then the US has acknowledge other raids inside Syria.
- US Special Activities Division teams have been deployed in Syria since 2006. This is historical fact as revealed by WikiLeaks.