Syrian Electronic Army Suspected of Marines Website Hack

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Sept. 2 2013 11:41 AM

Syrian Electronic Army Suspected of Marines Website Hack

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US Army sniping team scan the area during a joint traffic checkpoint with US Marines and Iraqi soldiers on the road linking the Syrian border with Mosul, Iraq.

Photo by MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian Electronic Army, which has hacked numerous news websites, most recently the New York Times, is suspected of hacking Marines.com. The collection of hackers supporting the Assad regime are thought to be behind the posting of a letter and images on the website’s front page.

The letter, titled “Message to the United States Marine corps,” asks Marines to “please take a look at what your comrades think about Obama’s alliance with Al Qaeda against Syria.” In between the lines of text are pictures of people dressed in U.S. military uniforms holding handwritten signs reading “I will not fight for Al Qaeda” and “I didn’t join the Marine Corps to Fight for Al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war.”

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"Message to the United States Marine corps:

Dear US Marines,

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. Marines, please take a look at what your comrades think about Obama's alliance with Al Qaeda against Syria. Your officer in charge probably has no qualms about sending you to die against soldiers just like you, fighting a vile common enemy.

The Syrian army should be your ally not your enemy. Refuse your orders and concentrate on the real reason every soldier joins their military, to defend their homeland. You're more than welcome to fight alongside our army rather than against it.

Your brothers, the Syrian army soldiers.

A message delivered by the SEA "

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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