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    Rubio: Arming Syrian Rebels Now More Difficult

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    US Senator and former presidential hopeful Marco Rubio claims that the growing influence of foreign Islamic radicals inside Syria has made arming the rebels a more difficult and less productive option for the United States now than it was at the beginning of the conflict.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Andrew Feinberg — The growing influence of foreign Islamic radicals inside Syria has made arming the rebels a more difficult and less productive option for the United States now than it was at the beginning of the conflict, US Senator and former presidential hopeful Marco Rubio told Sputnik.

    "It’s a much more difficult proposition now… we [the United States] didn't empower the right people,” Rubio said on Tuesday when asked if he supported arming opposition forces inside Syria. “They were killed and wiped out, and its the radical elements who grew in influence and ability.”

    Rubio claimed that there was a time when the strategy to arm the Syrian rebels might have been a lot more productive than it is now and while there are still elements on the ground the United States could work with, “they are smaller and they are less equipped and less capable than we wish they would’ve been at this stage in the process.”

    "I warned at the outset of that conflict that at that time there were Syrians there that we could have empowered, but if we didn't than the best equipped most effective groups on the ground would become these foreign Islamic radicals that have flowed into Syria and that's exactly how it played out, so it’s harder,” Rubio explained.

    In December, US President Barack Obama waived legal restrictions on providing defense-related articles to foreign forces in Syria. The Department of Defense claimed Obama’s move was meant to support the coalition in the offensive on Raqqa.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) could fall into the hands of terrorists in the wake of Obama’s decision to ease limits on military support in Syria.

    Syrian President Bashar Assad claimed Obama’s order provided political legitimacy to providing militants weapons, many of which have fallen into the hands of terrorist groups like the al-Nusra Front and Daesh.

    Rubio was a top candidate in the 2016 US Republican presidential primary race.

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      dvdgrg09
      Marco Polio rehearsing to take over from John McQueen in the Fake News division
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      whataf005
      Why must US arm the rebels in Syria? Who are Americans and what has it got to do with them? US claim it was wrong of Russia to arm the rebels in Eastern Ukraine. If that is wrong, How could what Americans are doing would be correct? So Americans want to be selective. If that is the style, are they fit to be policeman of the world? Idiots. Is this Rubio is from Mexico? Go back to where you or forefathers came from you IDIOT!!!
    • Mikhas
      With or without Trump doesn't matter. Americans and sometimes even their Presidents will never understand the difference between what they say they do and what they actually are doing in foreign occupations.

      Like their illegal presence, in Syria, For Pentagon, CIA and their israeli overlords it's fair game as long as they don't recognise the President and as long as what Syrian wants and what the US want to impose upon them differs.

      Thanks to Russia and her might, US is nothing more than an irrelevant noisy nuisance in Syria.
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