Pentagon officials are trying to get a handle on the narrative on last week’s surrender by US-trained Syrian rebels of large amounts of weaponry and vehicles to al-Qaeda, insisting the commander only agreed to do so to avoid an ambush by al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front that might’ve gotten his men killed.
This is in stark contrast to the reports on the ground, in which the commander bragged he only joined up the with the US scheme to get the weapons in the first place. Adding to the confusion, Pentagon spokesmen say they never trained the commander in question in the first place.
Congress gave the Pentagon $500 million to train a new “pro-US” rebel force, dubbed the New Syrian Forces (NSF). The first class of 54 was wiped out in short order, with at most “four or five” remaining. The group that gave their arms to al-Qaeda was the second class to go through the “vetting and training process.”
But now officials say the commander never went to the training camp to receive any training at all, suggesting the US gave him all this high-end gear and command over this band of newly minted rebels without more than a cursory introduction, then watched as he immediately handed the gear to al-Qaeda.
It’s incredible, then, to see that the Pentagon is trying to defend the commander, saying he only surrendered the arms to protect the NSF forces, when their connection to him was tenuous, at best, and throwing large amounts of weaponry at him seems to have been the beginning and end of their relationship.
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They brought the fox to the court, prosecutor provided the dead body of a chicken and addressed the court, this is the evidence of this fox being guilty, the judge asked the fox what can you present to show that you are not guilty, the fox said, your honor my tail.
One can only hope all the equipment was tagged with tracers and bugging devices while possessing a deliberately decreased quality. That's the only way this story is not demonstrating a system of training and weaponing the wrong people finally gone completely mad.
Come on John, that would require more foresight and "thinking outside the box" than the Pentagon has ever earned.
Congress gave the Pentagon $500 million to train a new “pro-US” rebel force,
dubbed the New Syrian Forces (NSF)…'
The USG taxpayers should demand a refund of (our) money. The Pope made his
address loud and clear to the crooks, thugs, and murdering war profiteers in
Congress, who obviously weren't paying attention.
I wonder if this "commander" was one of those "moderate" Syrian rebels that McCain and Graham were taking selfies with?
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The Global War on Terrorism is a Big Lie Dr Chossudovsky said terrorism is made in the US and that terrorists are not the product of the Muslim world. Prominent academic and author Dr Michel Chossudovsky warned that the so-called war on terrorism is a front to propagate America’s global hegemony and create a New World Order.
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"Incompetence" is the new cover. The whole purpose of the program is to provide al-Nusra with men and equipment. Why else would you give an un-vetted person command over your "vetted" fighters and their equipment? This commander's statements that he "duped" the US simply provides the cover that "OMG, we're so incompetent!"
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