Obama plan crashes: ‘Moderate’ Syrian rebels defect to al Qaeda offshoot with U.S. weapons

Douglas Ernst Blog

Obama under stressThe Obama administration’s plan to arm “moderate” Syrian rebels is off to a swell start, if you define “swell” as “absolutely horrible.”

The Washington Post reported Nov. 2:

BEIRUT — The Obama administration’s Syria strategy suffered a major setback Sunday after fighters linked to al-Qaeda routed U.S.-backed rebels from their main northern strongholds, capturing significant quantities of weaponry, triggering widespread defections and ending hopes that Washington will readily find Syrian partners in its war against the Islamic State.

Moderate rebels who had been armed and trained by the United States either surrendered or defected to the extremists as the Jabhat al-Nusra group, affiliated with al-Qaeda, swept through the towns and villages the moderates controlled in the northern province of Idlib, in what appeared to be a concerted push to vanquish the moderate Free Syrian Army, according to rebel commanders, activists and analysts.

Every time the Western world tries to “negotiate”…

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