US-Backed ‘Moderate’ Rebels ‘Take US Weapons and Money But Hate America’
Rebels from the US-backed Free Syrian Army appear to have kicked a group of US special operations forces out of a Syrian border town, calling the fleeing Americans “infidels” and “crusaders.” This incident, experts say, shows that groups Washington persists on calling “moderate” are in fact “mercenaries” and “fanatics.”
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Interestingly, Washington blocked Moscow’s initiative to add Ahrar al-Sham, who often conducts joint operations with al-Nusra Front, to the UN Security Council’s terrorist list, claiming that they are in fact moderate rebels and should be treated as a legitimate opposition to the government in Damascus. “I don’t see any evidence that there are any [moderates in Syria],” Jatras said. “What you have is a variety of Wahhabist terrorist groups some of which are maybe slightly less terrorist than others but I don’t know how you measure that exactly. Who are the moderates? Where are the moderates ?