Last week Obama took to his teleprompter to tell the American people the United States will provide lethal aid to “moderate” mercenaries fighting in Syria to overthrow the al-Assad government.
Obama’s declaration was nothing new. In September, the mercenaries said they were receiving weapons from the United States. Obama had promised the arms a few months earlier but the media insisted “U.S. officials are still grappling with what type and how much weaponry to send the opposition forces and how to ensure it stays out of the hands of extremists battling for control of Syria,” the Associated Press reported.
In September IHS Jane’s, a defense consultancy, estimated “there are around 10,000 jihadists — who would include foreign fighters — fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda.”
Around “30,000 to 35,000… hardline Islamists… focused purely on the Syrian war rather than a wider international struggle” are participating in the proxy war while “at least a further 30,000 moderates belonging to groups that have an Islamic character, meaning only a small minority of the rebels are linked to secular or purely nationalist groups” are involved in the fighting, The Telegraph reported.
“The moderates, often underfunded, fragmented and chaotic, appear no match for Islamist units, which include fighters from organizations designated ‘terrorist’ by the United States,” Reuters reported last June.
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On Friday, Obama’s top foreign policy advisor, Susan Rice, said this miniscule contingent of “moderate” mercenaries are now receiving weapons from the United States. Rice claimed she is “heartbroken” about the destruction of Syria – destruction that is a direct result of the effort by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to oust al-Assad and defeat the Syrian Army.
“That’s why the United States has ramped up its support for the moderate vetted opposition, providing lethal and non-lethal support where we can to support both the civilian opposition and the military opposition,” she told CNN.
Despite Rice’s admission, the Obama administration has remained vague about lethal assistance. “We’re not in a position to detail all of our assistance, but as we’ve made clear, we provide both military and non-military assistance to the opposition,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said after Rice’s remarks made while she was traveling with Obama to D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations in Normandy.
In April we reported on the fact the U.S. provides weapons to al-Nusra and other terrorists groups in Syria by way of its allegedly vetted “moderate” mercenaries. Jamal Maarouf, who runs the Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF) created by the CIA and Saudi and Qatari intelligence, said if “the people who support us [U.S., Saudis, Qataris] tell us to send weapons to another group, we send them. They asked us a month ago to send weapons to Yabroud [a city in Syria] so we sent a lot of weapons there. When they asked us to do this, we do it.”
According to Barak Barfi, a research fellow for the globalist funded New America Foundation, al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda-linked group known for summarily executing Syrian soldiers and other atrocities (including beheading Christians), receives weapons indirectly from SRF.
Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported on April 17 that for “months there had been acute concern among senior military leaders and the intelligence community about the role in the war of Syria’s neighbors, especially Turkey. Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan was known to be supporting the al-Nusra Front, a jihadist faction among the rebel opposition, as well as other Islamist rebel groups.”
The remarks by Susan Rice are yet another indication the Obama administration is arming the only viable fighting force inside Syria – al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda affiliates. The U.S. may indeed send weapons to “moderates,” but the large number of defections from the Free Syria Army to the ranks Islamist rebel groups underscores the fact a transfer occurs.
In fact, if we can believe Jamal Maarouf, the U.S. and its Saudi and Qatari partners are instructing the moderates to transfer weapons, including man-portable air defense systems, to al-Qaeda and other groups who are the sworn enemies of the United States and the West.