After al-Qaeda lost the strategic town of Morek to the Syrian military yesterday, the Assad forces seem to have an eye on attempting to retake Aleppo, a city that’s been contested for years now, and is in virtual ruins.
The “moderate” Syrian rebels are seeing this as a desperate pretext for the US military to get involved and stop the Assad advance, saying the loss of Aleppo would close of supply routes into Turkey.
They’ve been pushing the US for a long time to get involved in a war against Assad, but with the Pentagon already fighting ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria, it’s hard to imagine they could add the Assad forces to their active enemies right now, even if they’re presenting that as a long-term goal.
That’s doubly true because the “moderate” rebels have next to no territory and a comparatively small combat force, meaning the US is increasingly aligning itself against materially everybody in Syria, with an eye toward installing a faction that by and large does not exist.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- US to Cut Some Somali Military Aid Over Misuse, Corruption - December 17th, 2017
- Sistani: Shi'ite Militias Should Remain as Part of Iraq's Security Services - December 17th, 2017
- Mounting Tensions Drive Arms Sales to Multi-Decade High - December 17th, 2017
- US Commandos Participate in Thousands of Afghan Ground Operations - December 17th, 2017
- Israeli Crackdowns, Arrests Fail to Stop Jerusalem Protests - December 17th, 2017