first published on September 16, 2016 by Josh
On Friday, September 16, 2016, members of a Turkish backed moderate rebel faction in the FSA forced a U.S. Special Operations team out of the northern Aleppo town of Al-Ra’i. It is reported that the operators were told if they did not leave immediately, they would be killed by the much larger force of rebel fighters.
In a brief video, leaked out of the area by Al-Masdar news, the Special Operations team can be seen leaving the area with several tanks, and their heavily armed pick-up trucks. This situations raises a lot of questions that will go unanswered, and this situation is one that will go unrecognized by the mainstream media.
As the video rolls, the FSA cameraman says “We don’t accept US soldiers to fight with us, we are Muslim and not Kuffar.” This raises some general concerns, and serious questions about the current U.S. involvement in Syria. We have known for quite some time that the moderate rebels we are assisting have extremist tendencies and intent. With this new video evidence of that extremism, we should have all we need to realize that there is no more need for the U.S. to continue it’s support of moderate rebels.
These are not traditional friendly ground forces that we are supporting. They are extremists. The only reason that these soldiers survived this encounter, is because the moderate rebels know exactly what would have happened if they had attacked the Special Operations team. First, they would have gotten themselves killed by the superior warriors. Second, our aerial support of their ground campaign would have ended immediately, dramatically shifting the battle space out of their favor.
Is there really a question about supporting the moderate rebels anymore? Do we need to continue putting our own ground troops and pilots into harms way to assist these extremists?