New Syrian Force:
U.S. Abject Failure or Secret Aid to ISIS
By George Koplan
August 27, 2015 "Information
Clearing House" -
The U.S. policy in the Middle East has proved
unsustainable once again. Pentagon's first attempt to train Syrian
opposition to fight ISIS ended in "an abject failure", CBS News
reported in the early August. The contingent of 54 fighters was
trained by the U.S. military at a base in Turkey and sent across the
border into Northern Syria. But instead of facing ISIS, they
unexpectedly came under attack by Al-Nusra Front. As a result, the
American-trained rebels scattered. Some were captured, some fled to
Turkey, others were simply missing or likely turned the side and
joined the Islamic State.
That was clear from the very beginning that the costly program to
train 'good' rebels to fight 'bad' ones was doomed to failure. The
Pentagon planned to spend half a billion dollars on the program. The
U.S. has already faced misfortunes like that in its history. As we
know, Washington took part in the creation of Al-Qaeda, the largest
terrorist organization in the world until now. But as soon as the
fighters got stronger they turned their weapons against the
The same situation is developing around the so called New Syrian
Force. Returning to Syria the Pentagon-trained rebels joined the
organization they were supposed to fight.
It is hard to escape a conclusion that the U.S. doesn't learn from
its own mistakes. But the situation may be much more complex. Given
the Pentagon's great experience in covert operations it may appear
that the U.S. special services planned the rebels would turn the
side beforehand. To cover this fact the U.S. defense and state
departments usually very sophisticated in concealing or justifying
their failures, were easy to accept their mistake this time.
The Islamic State that was supposedly also created by Washington has
been in great need of qualified personnel of late to operate the
U.S. weapons and equipment lost or intentionally left by the Iraqi
forces retreating from Mosul in June 2014.
Haider al-Abadi, the new Iraqi prime minister, announced in the
early June 2015 that terrorists had captured a great number of
U.S.-made weaponry including 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles, at least
40 M1A1 main battle tanks, 74,000 machine guns, and as many as 52
M198 howitzer mobile gun systems, plus small arms and ammunition.
The U.S. mass media wrote that "the U.S. has armed ISIS".
Several dozen people that joined the ISIS would hardly change the
situation in Syria but they evidently were not supposed to. They may
become instructors and train Islamic State fighters to use American
However, the U.S. is playing very dangerous games with terrorists.
The Washington’s model of controlled chaos in the Middle East may go
out of order at any moment and hit the Americans back. In that case
thousands people would pay with their lives for all those covert
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