“Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of”
We have a new entry in the “Who’s going to support terrorists more” sweepstakes. After Putin decided to back Iran’s Shiite terrorists with air strikes, Obama has decided to back Sunni terrorists, many of them allied with Al Qaeda, with air strikes.
The Obama administration backed away Friday from a failed effort to stand up a rebel force in Syria, as the Pentagon announced plans to instead aid existing rebel units that officials believe have better odds of weakening the Islamic State…
The overhaul of U.S. strategy comes as the Obama administration scrambles to adjust to Moscow’s entry into the already crowded Syrian battle space. Russian planes and forces are now backing an offensive by troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against opposition units, complicating the United States’ own air operations over Syria.
The Pentagon will now provide equipment and weapons to vetted Syrian units “so that over time they can make a concerted push into territory still controlled by ISIL,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said. ISIL is another name for the Islamic State, which now controls a wide swath of Syria and Iraq.
The media is skipping over a lot of history here.
Obama only decided to train a vetted rebel force because even he realized that it was impossible to vet any of the “moderate Syrian opposition” that the Smart Power crowd wanted him to back. But I suspect the roots of the failure of the vetted army were aided by Muslim Brotherhood advocates and their sympathizers who want the US to back the Jihadists.
Even the New York Times already admitted that they’re all Jihadists.
Across Syria, rebel-held areas are dotted with Islamic courts staffed by lawyers and clerics, and by fighting brigades led by extremists. Even the Supreme Military Council, the umbrella rebel organization whose formation the West had hoped would sideline radical groups, is stocked with commanders who want to infuse Islamic law into a future Syrian government.
Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.
Nowhere. Any group we’re backing will be Jihadists fighting to impose Islamic law. Of course that also means the people they’re fighting are also Jihadists fighting to impose Islamic law.
The “equip” part of the program, which provided small arms, ammunition and vehicles, will be dramatically reduced to providing weapons to some 5,000 friendly moderate Syrian rebels to carry on the fight against both ISIS and presumably, the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
There are no moderate Syrian rebels. We’re arming Al Qaeda.
If you need a short guide to this rolling disaster. Obama got into this to back the Muslim Brotherhood’s takeover of Syria. But the Brotherhood is much better at talking than fighting. Salafists allied to Al Qaeda became the core opposition. These Jihadists are fighting it out with ISIS which wants them to swear allegiance. They’re also fighting Shiite terror groups organized and run by Iran.
The Russians are backing the Shiite terror groups. Turkey is backing ISIS to attack the Kurds. Obama is loosely backing the Sunni Islamist forces while trying to maintain a deal with Iran.