I have been hearing for a few weeks, and the Turkish Newspaper Hurriyet is reporting, that the Obama Administration has stopped providing aid to the 'moderate' Syrian rebels.
This is reportedly in response to radical rebel groups expanding their control over areas in northern Syria, especially the border crossing and routes which had been being used to supply the 'moderate' rebels in Syria.
This year the Syrian armed opposition has essentially fallen apart.
- Public support for them among the people of Syria has evaporated.
- Their numbers have decreased due to casualties, desertions, and a lack of people joining their ranks.
- That the Syrian armed opposition essentially consists of fragmented radical groups supported by other countries has become more and more well known in the West.
- These groups now devote most of their efforts to fighting each other and the Kurdish groups in northern Syria, and Syrian government forces have retaken control of most of western and southern Syria.
The Turkish military has also begun to prevent groups of rebels from crossing into Turkey, and to arrest, disarm, and immediately deport back to Syria rebels who are able to cross the border into Turkey, and to respond with tank and cannon fire on rebel positions in Syria when mortars or shells from rebel controlled areas land in Turkey.
The Western-recognized Syrian political opposition is also disintegrating. There are plans for a Geneva II conference to be held in about a month but there is now no opposition group available to attend it.
The SOC made some noises about attending it but the SNC, the largest group in the SOC, has stated that they will leave the SOC if a decision to attend the conference is made.
Most of the rebel groups in Syria have also stated that they no longer recognize the SOC or SNC.
Today the leader of the Western-recognized Syrian opposition stated that they will not attend talks in Geneva next month unless their preconditions are met, the primary one being the removal of President al-Assad.
The simple fact is that if no aid is given to moderate groups then there will be no good news from them. They will become increasingly irrelevant and Syria will be given over to a struggle between al-Qaeda and associated groups against Assad, Hezbollah and Iran.
Nothing new, we pulled out support for Afghanistan when it was no longer useful, we saw how that all supposedly worked out.
We shouldn't get involved in the first place.
We create our own enemies, it almost seems purposeful.
reply to post by benrl
You're sure right there. It's nothing new. You'd just think we'd have done something for the chronic case of insanity our old Uncle Sam seems to be suffering from.
That is what we call it when the old coot tries the same mistake over and over and over, expecting better results right? Insanity?