Former US congressional staffer Rodney Martin says the United States is sending foreign mercenaries to Syria to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
He made the comments after The Washington Post reported the Pentagon is preparing to send its first batch of trained militants into Syria as a ground force against the ISIL terrorist group in the next several weeks.
A US military official said that American and allied forces are finishing the training of the first group of the so-called “moderate” militants in Turkey.
The fighters, numbering fewer than 100, will be sent south into neighboring Syria by the end of the summer, according to the unnamed official.
“The US military’s announcement that they’re sending in trained moderate rebels to fight ISIL is not credible,” Martin told Press TV on Friday.
“It’s more American lies. What they’re doing is importing foreign fighters and foreign mercenaries to attack President Assad, who has been the only effective fighting force against ISIL and the horrific crimes against humanity that are taking place in Syria by ISIL, which has been supported by the United States,” he added.
Martin also said the main goal of the US government is to destabilize Syria.
“What we’re seeing is the United States sending in mercenaries that they have trained armed, equipped, and financed to destabilize… the democratically-elected government of President Bashar al-Assad,” Martin said.
On Wednesday, Pentagon leaders highlighted the problems the US military was facing in recruiting and training militants for Syria.
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said dozens of trainees have quit during the fasting month of Ramadan that began in mid-June.