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'Syria Banking on Obama Victory, Invites Advisors'

Syria is banking on an Obama victory and is trying to reach out to his advisors, according to a Forbes article by a Syrian journalist.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 10/6/2008, 7:29 AM

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Syria is banking on an Obama victory and is trying to reach out to his advisors, according to a Forbes article by the editor-in-chief of the Damascus-based All4Syria website.

 

Ayman Abdel Nour also revealed in the widely respected financial publication that Syria covered up a terrorist attack on its intelligence agency last week.

 

He said that Syria wants Senator Obama to win the presidential election to help Syrian President Bashar Assad bring back prosperity to Syria, which is under American sanctions. "The government wants desperately for things to look under control" in the wake of growing dissent, according to Nour.
Syria wants Sen. Obama to win the presidential election to help Syrian President Bashar Assad bring back prosperity to Syria.

 

He said that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime "will bank on Barack Obama becoming president of the United States" and is trying to reach out to his advisors. Nour named Robert Malley, from whom Obama quickly himself disassociated earlier this year after it was revealed that he had direct contact with Hamas and Syrian leaders. Malley "has no formal role in the campaign and will not play one in the future," the Obama camp has stated.

 

However, Nour wrote that Malley and Obama advisors Daniel Kurtz and Hernando de Soto have been officially invited to Syria, as anti-government extremists pose a growing threat.

 

He stated that recently hushed-up incidents in Syria are "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what could happen in Syria," where he said the number of extremists is growing. Nour revealed that an explosion last week several feet from the government's security and intelligence agency killed 17 people.

  

"The way the Syrian government handled publicity surrounding the attack is telling," Nour wrote. "In addition to omitting the existence of the Mukhabarat [security agency] building, official press releases mentioned several times that all of those killed and injured were civilians--until websites published the name of a general, George Garbi, who was killed in the blast." The Fatah Al Islam terrorist group is suspected of being behind the attack.

 

Media reports continued to conceal the attempt to attack the security agency and the journalist reported that other incidents have gone unreported, including arrests on farms where arms and ammunition were stored.