Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Syria to become a second Somalia or a second Afghanistan?

The first vid is from the starting days of the war in Syria.  You can see two of the main architects of the misery in Syria in the first few seconds of  that vid.

Dasha Afanasieva writing at Reuters:
.....U.S. arms supplies to Syrian rebels may create Somali-style warlords and are undermining Washington's allies in the rebels' exile military command, the former Syrian army general who leads it said.

Brigadier General Abdelilah al-Bashir, who defected in 2012 and led rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces in the Golan before becoming chief-of-staff of the FSA's Supreme Military Council in February, told Reuters that Washington was bypassing the SMC in sending weapons directly to groups that were hard to control.

"The Americans are leading the distribution of weapons on the northern front and in the southern front. We demand that we be responsible," Bashir, 56, said in an interview in Istanbul.

"Providing support to individual battalions could turn the commanders of these battalions into warlords and they will be difficult to control in future," he added.

"This could turn Syria into Afghanistan or Somalia."

His remarks echoed former U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who compared Syria to both those countries at the weekend and warned there would be "warlords all over the place".

The U.S. State Department responded to Bashir's complaints by saying that military aid was being distributed to "moderate, vetted groups ... in coordination with" the SMC.

Formally, the U.S. supplies are "non-lethal" - such as radios, trucks and training. But some U.S. officials have told Reuters small arms and anti-tank missiles are also being given.....

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