Aleppo Rebels Slam US for Trying to Negotiate Evacuation

Aleppo Rebels Slam US for Trying to Negotiate Evacuation | Insist US is giving the Russians what they want

While the US has made much of its support for the “moderate,” albeit al-Qaeda dominated rebels in eastern Aleppo, with some officials going so far as to proclaim al-Qaeda’s loss in the city as America’s loss, the rebels don’t feel nearly the same way about it, and are publicly lambasting the US for not backing them further.

A spokesman for the newly created and already nearly destroyed Aleppo Army rebel alliance complained that the group sees America as having “no position” on the fight over the city, accusing them of just backing whatever Russia wants.

The complaint centers on the US trying to negotiate a deal to evacuate the rest of the rebels from the city, something Russia has sought for quite some time. The US has long resisted that position, however, and only seems to have shifted toward accepting it with the reality that the rebels are on the brink of being wiped out.

This is a continuation of a recurring theme in Syrian rebel reactions to the US, as they’ve repeatedly condemned the US as indifferent for not being able to unilaterally install them as the new government in Syria, and for the aid they have provided not being a panacea.

At the same time, nobody has seemed more surprised at their inability to unilaterally impose a solution on Syria than the administration, which has drifted around through myriad different failed strategies in Syria, and within the last few days was still demanding Syria accept an unconditional ceasefire in Aleppo to allow the rebels to keep the east.

The US investment of diplomatic efforts into “saving” al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front in Aleppo not only ended up failing, but forcing the US into the position of trying to save them again by negotiating a pullout, a move which is just making al-Qaeda all the angrier at them.

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  • Bianca

    This is a good observation — that nobody has seemed more surprised at their inability to unilaterally impose solutions then the Administration. This is breathtaking, but in spite of the sheer magnitude of twisted perceptions that apparently formed the position of the administration — this
    has a ring of truth to it.
    It is not really possible to know if Al-Qaeda is really angry, or those √©migr√© faces sitting in their Revolutionary Councils that expected US to hand the power in Damascus to them. Al-Qaeda and other groups — lets not forget Jaish Al-Islam, Army of Conquest, Al-Zinka… They are still fighting, but many have deserted, and probably even more have blended into tens of thousands of people who fled the East Aleppo once the Army cut it in half, and the terrorists no longer had a chance to seal the openings.
    That famous hospital that Russians allegedly bombed, apparently was used as Al-Qaeda headquarters for several years. It has in it Sharia court, make- shift prison, arms, explosives, and ammunition. But the places are booby trapped, and demining is in process. The international airport is being now repaired.

  • lordbaldric

    Just as well. I prefer that the Syrian Army kills these scum anyways…

  • eric

    ISIS , Al Nusra , Al Qaida are just three branches of the thousands of branches of Islamic Jihadist These Jihadists are traveling from where ever they are to all over the world to force the end of all other beliefs to the complete surrender to their understanding of Islam . Trump once said we best not take them into this country until we understand what is going on . Obama and Bush insist Islam is a religion of peace and we should welcome them with open arms .

  • eric

    I suspect most of the foreigners have already left .they would be the most dangerous Jihadists If there any moderate rebels left they will just surrender