‘Moderate’ Syria Rebels: US Airstrikes Haven’t Helped

Factions Push for More Arms, Ammunition

The “carefully vetted moderate” Syrian rebels were supposed to be the beneficiaries of the new US air war in Syria. They aren’t seeing it that way.

Rebels factions have been complaining about the US attacking their “allies” in al-Qaeda, and today warned that the US strikes against ISIS aren’t really helping them in any way either.

Rebels say the US “offered very little ammunition support, no information, no air cover, and no collaboration in military plans and tactics,” and are once again pushing the US for more arms shipments.

The US has been arming and backing these factions for many months now, but they’ve had limited success because the groups are much smaller than their Islamist rivals, who usually do the heavy lifting in major ground combat. Still, the groups continue to gripe about the US not throwing enough weapons at them, and not further escalating the war on their behalf.

The US war also found considerable complaints from Syrian women activists, who warned the US attacks were counterproductive, killing civilians and radicalizing the population.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.