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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, file photo, Syrian Kurdish militia members of YPG make a V-sign next to poster of Abdullah Ocalan, jailed Kurdish rebel leader, and a Turkish army tank in the background in Esme village in Aleppo province, Syria

US Confuses Proxies in Syria, Inciting Conflict Between US-Backed Groups

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What sounds ridiculous for some, represents reality for others. The US made many failures in Syria and the latest seems to top any other.

US proxies have begun to fight with each other, according to US-backed Syrian rebels who reported to BuzzFeed that the fight with rival rebels supported by the US military is on.

As the Syrian war gains momentum, the US-led coalition appears to be pushing rebels to fight against not only Daesh but with each other indicating a serious decline in US foreign policy objectives.

This week Furqa al-Sultan Murad, the CIA-backed rebel battalion, was under attack by Kurdish militants or YPG, supported by the Pentagon in Syria's Aleppo.

"It's very strange, and I cannot understand it," said Ahmed Othman, the commander of Furqa al-Sultan Murad. He said he was in regular contact with his American handlers about the problems on the ground.

"The Americans must stop [the YPG] — they must tell them you are attacking groups that we support just like we support you," Othman said. "But they are just watching. I don't understand U.S. politics."

Over the weekend, Turkey fired on YPG positions around Azaz, the town bordering with Turkey which has been a hotbed of military supplies for rebel groups. Doing this, Turkey put the US in a difficult position as its proxy YPG is under attack from a NATO ally. Turkey insists that the Syrian Kurdish YPG battling Daesh in Syria was embroiled in Wednesday's bombing in Ankara that resulted in 28 deaths.

The US appears to be failing to control its own rebels.

"That is a major problem," said Andrew Tabler, a Syria2 specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "It's not just that it's a nonsense policy. It's that we're losing influence so rapidly to the Russians that people just aren't listening to us anymore."

The Turkish official agreed to speak on condition of anonymity condemned the US for the failed Syria policy.

"The YPG is taking land and villages from groups that are getting American aid," he said. "These are groups that are not only getting American aid. Some of them also got training from the Americans."

Col. Patrick J. Ryder, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command, responded to allegations in an email saying he had no data to confirm or deny the news "regarding potential friction between various opposition groups."

A State Department official conceded the US has got an issue with its proxies in Syria that could overall lead the country to a big fail in its attempts to fight Daesh.

"We've expressed to all parties that recent provocative moves in northern Syria, which have only served to heighten tensions and lessen the focus on [ISIS], are counterproductive and undermine our collective, cooperative efforts in northern Syria to degrade and defeat [ISIS]," the official who spoke anonymously told BuzzFeed.

Considering the recent engagements, the US's chances of setting up a crucial Arab force to fight Daesh in Syria appears to be close to zero, according to Andrew J. Tabler of the Washington Institute.

"If this continues, the U.S. is only going to have one option it can work with, which is the YPG. It's not going to have the Arab option," he said. "Which would be fine if the Kurds were the majority of the Syrian population, but they're not. We need Sunni Arabs to defeat ISIS."

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  • Is it because I am black?
    Of course, that is because they don't really want to fight the IS, but create chaos in Syria.
  • This week Furqa al-Sultan Murad, the CIA-backed rebel battalion, was under attack by Kurdish militants or YPG, supported by the Pentagon in Syria's Aleppo.
    Good for the Kurds. They need to understand that the US is not a reliable partner.
  • Beady-eyed Insomniac
    Need Russia to support the Kurds in taking out isis and control the northern border - excellent buffer province for Assad. Kurds to pay lip service to the US but not to get into bed with them.
  • michael
  • dvdgrg09
    This should not be surprising considering the US is not a coherent entity but a collection of criminal gangs fighting for power. The most visible struggle is between the political cliques but there are many others as well. The National Security Council may be the official body in charge, but is it really?
  • in reply todvdgrg09(Show commentHide comment)
    dvdgrg09, This is a very good comment. I think there is some organization, but still a lot of infighting. I apologize if I overuse the Sopranos comparison. I don't think the acting was that good and I don't think the story was even original, it was taken from real life. But I think much of the ruthlessness of criminal gangs was captured by the script.
  • asco
    divide and rule Americas dirty game
  • Ann
    Well, Ahmed Othman, you are now going to learn what all U.S. proxies learn, from Saddam and Gaddafi and all of those before them - That the U.S. is using YOU for cannon fodder. They lied to you. They wooed your inner child. They convinced you to do THEIR bidding for THEIR own ends, not yours. Welcome to the Idiot Club, where all it takes to become a member is stupidity.

    As for US foreign policy objectives, "US-led coalition appears to be pushing rebels to fight against not only Daesh but with each other indicating a serious decline in US foreign policy objectives." Let us remember that the US does not want to destroy it's own proxies, BUT at the same time, it wants the world to believe that it does, and actually is. The answer to that, is the age-old tactic of getting them to destroy themselves, by destroying each other - then the US can waltz in and claim "the victory."

    I said decades ago, when I first realized that the U.S. govt was actually controlling the terrorists, that in time, the US would throw them all under the bus. It appears that I was correct.
  • cast235
    Dropping weapons for any faction is a GROSS VIOLATION of international law. Russia should speak up at least.
  • Ann in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    jas, Perhaps the best thing that could come out of all of this, is that all of these groups understand that they've been used and thrown under the bus at the end of their usefulness. What kind of leverage/terror power will the warmongers have, IF NO TERRORISTS WILL WORK FOR/WITH THEM?

    IMO, that might be the turning point in the so-called "war on terror"
  • Ann in reply toasco(Show commentHide comment)
    asco, Which happily may be coming to an abrupt end...
  • Ann in reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
    cast235, I believe they have on numerous occasions, but have been ridiculed and ignored.
  • margaridaoulman
    This is how the USA functions, i will leave up to your judgement to see and judge what they do around the world
    Invaded last century
    China 1945-46

    Korea 1950-53

    China 1950-53

    Guatemala 1954

    Indonesia 1958

    Cuba 1959-60

    Guatemala 1960

    Belgian Congo 1964

    Guatemala 1964

    Dominican Republic 1965-66

    Peru 1965

    Laos 1964-73

    Vietnam 1961-73

    Cambodia 1969-70

    Guatemala 1967-69

    Lebanon 1982-84

    Grenada 1983-84

    Libya 1986

    El Salvador 1981-92

    Nicaragua 1981-90

    Iran 1987-88

    Libya 1989

    Panama 1989-90

    Iraq 1991

    Kuwait 1991

    Somalia 1992-94

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    Iran 1998

    Sudan 1998

    Afghanistan 1998

    Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999

    Afghanistan 2001

    Libya 2011
  • belgradetower
    Turkey is let down the drain by its #1 ally. This is visible from the moon.
  • terryjohnodgersin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    jas, I would also add, fickle at best.
  • ascoin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9,that would be good, its about time
  • Huh?in reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)

    But in a way, this should be expected and I agree with you on these points. As the US is watching it's proxies be obliterated, it makes sense to create as much turmoil as possible by letting loose the reins.
  • Huh?in reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
    It is intriguing why no one...NO ONE has uttered a sound...not even a growl or something. It makes one wonder if they are all in collusion with each other.
  • Ann in reply toHuh?(Show commentHide comment)
    Huh?, We have a saying where I grew up in the midwest: "If yer gonna go bull ropin', ya better watch out fer them horns"
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