U.S. Using Jihadist Forces

Here are two interesting items. The first is from an Armenian news source named PanARMENIAN Net, dated yesterday. This reports that Kurdish forces (allied to the U.S. side) are leaving Deir ez-Zor for Afrin. They are “handing over control to another coalition partner militia known as the Deir ez-Zor Military Council (DMC)”. Who are they? They are a U.S. backed outfit: “…a US-backed Arab off-shoot militia within the Syrian Democratic Forces mostly comprising Free Syrian Army fighters as well as jihadists who once fought in the ranks of Al-Qaeda and IS.” They’ve been attacking Syrian positions: “Over the last week, and even on at least one occasion before then, the DMC has directly attacked positions of the Syrian Army at the towns of Khasham and At-Tabiyyah on the east the Euphrates shore.”

The second article is from AMN out of Beirut, Lebanon, dated Feb. 13, 2018. This headlines “Confirmed: US retrains ISIS and ISIS-like jihadists in east Syria and re-brands them ‘democratic forces’”. It presents a video in support of its proposition: “Clear-cut evidence has emerged that the United States is retraining jihadist militants – most of them surrendered ISIS members as well as fighters of other militant groups with an ideology similar to that of ISIS – in east Syria and re-branding them as ‘democratic forces.’”. They say the DMC is a CIA group.

These two news sources may not be independent of one another. Yet, two articles from two different sources tend to confirm one another. There have been earlier reports of CIA recruitment of jihadist forces, both from ISIS and al-Qaeda. There have been reports of deals made in which jihadist forces were allowed to flee with their families in convoys.

Now that Kurdish forces are withdrawing, with what forces are U.S. advisors embedded?

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6:46 pm on February 16, 2018