The pro-Assad hacking group, the Syrian Electronic Army, redirected the Marine Corps recruitment website on Monday, in order to deliver a message attempting to convince Marines that the Syrian army are actually allies.
“This is a message written by your brothers in the Syrian Army, who have been fighting al-Qaeda for the last 3 years. We understand your patriotism and love for your country so please understand our love for ours. Obama is a traitor who wants to put your lives in danger to rescue al-Qaeda insurgents,” the SEA message to the Marines said.
The message went on to ask that the Marines look at what their “comrades think” about President Obama’s proposed military actions against Syria. The message was referencing a series of pictures of men in uniform, masking their faces, holding signs with messages that are against any such military campaign. One sign said that the person holding it “didn’t join the Marine Corps to fight for al-Qaeda in a Syrian civil war.”
The references to al-Qaeda are due to President Bashar Hafez al-Assad’s regime saying that they are fighting a war against terrorists, citing the fact that many of the Syrian rebels are receiving support from, or are actively part of, al-Qaeda — a fact that the White House has acknowledged.