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    While the Syrian Arab Army backed by Russia is severing the Islamists' supply routes, encircling and eradicating extremists within the territory of Syria, the Pentagon's inconsistent strategy in the Middle East appears to be aimed at stretching out Daesh's existence, Tony Cartalucci writes.

    According to Bangkok-based geopolitical analyst, Tony Cartalucci, Washington and its Middle Eastern partners appear to be unhappy with the fact that the Syrian Arab Army, assisted by Russia, have choked off military supplies running into Syria through Turkey, US ally Jordan and Iraq to Syrian Islamists.

    The analyst points out that US hawks have not yet given up the idea to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the plan aimed at training and equipping "moderate" fighters in Syria received high praise from American military officials and lawmakers.

    US President Obama recently authorized a limited new plan to train and arm Syrian rebels.

    "This is part of our adjustments to the train and equip program built on prior lessons learned," said Col. Steve Warren, the US-led military coalition spokesperson, as quoted by Los Angeles Times.

    Referring to a recent US Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing, Cartalucci notes that American generals expressed growing concerns regarding Daesh's presence in Syria and its further expansion into Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya.

    "Libya's 'ungovernable' present state was cited as the primary reason for ISIS' [Daesh's] 'sudden' appearance in the North African nation. None of the senators nor the two generals, however, mentioned just how Libya became ungovernable in the first place — not even Senator McCain who literally walked, hand-in-hand, with the future rank and file of ISIS in Libya as they took over the country after the overthrow of the government in Tripoli," Cartalucci remarks.

    Indeed, there are currently two governments in Libya: a "moderate Islamist" leadership in Tripoli and another one in Tobruk. Once a prosperous country, Libya has turned into a failed state with Daesh filling the power vacuum.

    While the failure of the US-led coalition to target and destroy Daesh during its 16 month campaign in Iraq and Syria has been officially acknowledged by US military officials, the question arises what really lies at the root of the US military strategy in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa).

    According to Cartalucci, it appears that the Pentagon is busy with turning nations into failed-states "and then sowing the seeds of perpetual chaos with heavily armed, well-funded, and well backed mercenary forces to transform entire regions of the world into divided, weak, and perpetually fighting, perpetually shifting conflict zones."

    In this Monday, March 7, 2016 photo, men loyal to Libyan armed forces stand alert during clashes with Islamic State group militants west of Benghazi, Libya
    © AP Photo / Mohammed el-Shaiky
    In this Monday, March 7, 2016 photo, men loyal to Libyan armed forces stand alert during clashes with Islamic State group militants west of Benghazi, Libya

    Much in the same way Moon of Alabama blogger comments on NATO's attempts to legitimize yet another military invasion of Libya.

    "Naturally the Libyans hate that idea of a foreign imposed government. They will likely fight any third force that tries to usurp their sovereignty. Confronted with a foreign imposed government and foreign military forces more Libyans will join the Islamic State [Daesh] to fight the intruders. The shortsightedness of the UN and the 'Western' governments on this issue is breathtaking," the blogger emphasized.

    In contrast to Russia and China, which are building economic and political relationship with the nations of the MENA region, Washington and its NATO allies seem to use perpetual chaos in the region to their advantage, Cartalucci concludes.


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