Reminder that US backed rebels are fighting against Syrian government, not ISIS
The so called ‘moderate’ rebels in Syria who have received arms and training from the US, have condemned the US led airstrikes on ISIS extremists, underscoring the fact that their fight is against the Syrian government, not the terrorists the Obama administration claims it is funding them to fight.
The US-backed Harakat Hazm rebel group in Syria, which consists of an estimated 7000 fighters who have been given US weapons, slammed the US led airstrikes Tuesday, according to reports.
“The sole beneficiary of this foreign interference in Syria is the [President Bashar] Assad regime, especially in the absence of any real strategy to topple him,” a statement posted by the group on Twitter reads. The rebels described the airstrikes as “an attack on national sovereignty that undermines the Syrian revolution.”
A further statement released on the group’s Facebook page, claims that the “continuation of singular decision making in an effort to win international public opinion, will not succeed in uprooting extremism but encourages its growth.”
The statement argues that the best course of action for the US would be to arm “the Free Syrian Army without condition [otherwise] the result will be failure and destruction that reach the whole region.”
The Free Syrian Army, which was warned in advance by the Obama administration of the imminent airstrikes, has vowed to topple the Assad regime at any cost. Many observers have noted that their goal is not to fight against Islamic extremists. The US already has underway a new covert program, controlled by the CIA, arming the FSA with fresh weapons, Syrian opposition figures revealed this week.
The Harakat Hazm group issued its statement as the US and its regional allies – Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – are preparing further attacks.
The ‘moderate’ group is thought to have already received 20 TOW anti-tank missiles this year from a “Western source,” according to rebel officials. In addition, the group was cited just last week by US Secretary of State John Kerry as possible recipients for American arms and combat instructors slated under the $500 million program approved by Obama.
Further reports indicate that the head of another rebel group known as the Fifth Legion of the Free Syrian Army tacitly welcomed the US airstrikes but made it clear that they must also be targeted at “the source of terrorism: the Assad regime.”
Written by Steve Watson
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