U.S., Britain suspend aid to north Syria after Islamic jihadists seize weapons store

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But they stressed that this was just a temporary setback and reaffirmed their support for the “moderate” Syrian opposition, even as its hapless leader fled in the face of the Islamic jihadist advance.

“U.S., Britain suspend aid to north Syria after Islamists seize weapons store,” by Dasha Afanasieva and Humeyra Pamuk for Reuters, December 11 (thanks to Creeping Sharia):

(Reuters) – The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to northern Syria after Islamist fighters seized Western-backed rebel weapons warehouses, highlighting fears that supplies could end up in the wrong hands.

The rebel Free Syrian Army fighting President Bashar al-Assad said the U.S. and British moves were rushed and mistaken. “We hope our friends will rethink and wait for a few days when things will be clearer,” FSA spokesman Louay Meqdad said.

In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States was concerned about reports that Islamic Front forces had seized the buildings belonging to the Syrian Military Council, which is nominally in charge of the FSA.

“As a result of the situation … the United States has suspended all further deliveries of non-lethal assistance into northern Syria,” Earnest said, adding that humanitarian aid was not affected by the move.

The suspension underlines a crisis for the FSA leadership, which needs international backing to reinforce its credibility and to stop its fighters joining al Qaeda-backed Islamist militants who now dominate the war with Assad.

Fighters from the Islamic Front, which groups six major rebel brigades and which said last week it had quit the FSA, seized the headquarters of the Syrian Military Council and weapons warehouses at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on Syria’s northwestern border with Turkey.

A U.S. official said FSA leader General Salim Idriss had fled into Turkey during the takeover of the warehouses, which contained trucks, food, medical packs and communication equipment including laptops and radios….

“This is absolutely not the beginning of the U.S. washing its hands. We will remain engaged in the humanitarian effort. We will remain engaged in the diplomatic effort,” the official said, adding: “This doesn’t represent a change in policy in our support for the moderate opposition.”

He said the administration was looking for other ways to see how the support can be provided to ensure it does not fall into the hands of “extremists”….

“I … want to underline that our support to the opposition remains undiminished,” the British embassy spokesman said.

“We have been long-standing and strong supporters of General Idriss and the SMC. That remains the case. It is important that the SMC remains united in the face of attacks from the regime and from extremist groups….

Idris has fled the country, but who cares about such details?

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Comments

  1. says

    DUPES OF SAUDI ARABIAN WAHABBISM! US and UK diplomats are moronic dupes

    They believe everything the Saudi TAQIYYA ARTISTS TELL THEM.

    Horrible, gullible dupes! Dangerous,trusting, empty of all knowledge about Islam.

  2. says

    Distinguishing between good Muslims and bad Muslims, especially when matters of national security are at stake, is a fool’s errand. Just let the Muslim world rot from within, which it surely will, and refrain from taking sides in that most dysfunctional part of the world which is wherever Islam dominates.

  3. says

    Distinguishing between good Muslims and bad Muslims … is a fool’s errand.

    I would amend this to read a delusional fools errand, because trying to sort Unicorns from hairy mass murderer Moslem activists cannot be done. All ya can do is look for activity; they’ll all take your money, none will do what civilized people want.

    Btw, it sure is a shocker that the Activists seized the weapons cache. It was a stupid idea from the beginning, and the foreordained results were inevitable. Gee, I wonder how all the guns and ammo we’ve given the Afghan national police will turn out.

  4. says

    Muslim terrorist groups have changed their alliances several times in the last two years. Indeed, how can any of these groups be trusted?

    Mohammed teaches them that ‘temporary alliances’ may be broken when they merely ‘SUSPECT’ or ‘FEAR’ the ally may brake the treaty.

    That makes it entirely subjective. A Muslim considers he is always right in breaking a treaty first.

  5. says

    Wild dogs are fighting and killing to each other trying to grab as much as they can to satisfy their lust.
    Islam has been like that from the very beginning and it will be the same to the end.

  6. says

    Not since the days of Sodom and Gemorrah has such a vain effort been made to identify the good guys. Given that reality, it’s probably best to turn our backs lest we wind up like Lot’s wife.

  7. says

    No such things as moderate islam and Muslims… even their women and children are slaves to these animal male baboons.. Any one who can kill another can kill you as well….

  8. says

    Who teaches us to hate? : the devil, the world, and our own sinful human nature. And it looks as though that evil triumvirate has full control over the Islamists. And they, in turn, drive us to want to hate. Easily done. But God help His followers to try hard to love their enemies but at the very same time do whatever they can do even join the Crusades so that God’s children do not ever become citizens of a Caliphate ruled by the devils which would, I believe, even be worse than to be ruled by the Nazis. God help us to set free others who now are being persecuted by the Islamists.

  9. says

    U.S., Britain suspend aid to north Syria after Islamic jihadists seize weapons store

    But they stressed that this was just a temporary setback and reaffirmed their support for the “moderate” Syrian opposition, even as its hapless leader fled in the face of the Islamic jihadist advance.
    ………………………….

    Alas, those “moderates” are getting pretty thin on the ground…

  10. says

    Distinguishing between good Muslims and bad Muslims, especially when matters of national security are at stake, is a fool’s errand.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hear, hear, Wellington! …”a fool’s errand” indeed; and dangerous, too.

    And never, ever trust a muslim.

  11. says

    May I wish you, Champ, and those dear to you, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Never forget, my friend, which I’m sure you never will (though it’s tempting to do so from time to time I must admit), that those of us who oppose what Islam wants for everyone will succeed in the end because we have truth on our side, truth being a powerful ally that never deserts you.

    Again, season’s greetings to you and yours. Take care, pal.

  12. says

    Thank you, Wellington! …and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, my dear friend.

    Yes, the truth is on our side, and evil islam will not prevail against it. The ugly truth about islam and company is getting out and many are waking up; albeit ever-so-slowly.

    Take care!

  13. says

    No such things as moderate islam and Muslims… even their women and children are slaves to these animal male baboons.. Any one who can kill another can kill you as well….

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    I echo your opinion. They (muslims)have done an excellent job at teaching us to HATE!!