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US-Backed ‘Moderate’ Rebels ‘Take US Weapons and Money But Hate America’

Democratic Forces of Syria fighters ride a pick-up truck near al-Shadadi town, Hasaka countryside Syria February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX27LA3
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.”
“The subgroup that did this supposedly is Ahrar al-Sham, which is a really nasty piece of work. It is as Wahhabist, as radical, as violent as [al-Nusra Front] or [Daesh],” former US diplomat Jim Jatras told RT.

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 ?

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