According to reliable Mideast reporter Patrick Cockburn, 10 days ago the Syrian war took a dramatic turn - one that totally discredits the US claim that moderate Syrian rebels dominate the resistance.
The jihadist rebels are being funded and armed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar -- with Turkey also helping. The US & UK have also been in the act --
Is this even being reported on US TV?
US/British Policy on Syria has Been Sunk, and Nobody Noticed
Free Syrian Army a Complete Pawn to Foreign Intelligence Agencies
World View: The West’s favoured faction is on the run, while the Riyadh-backed rebels steadily gain ground
By Patrick Cockburn
December 15, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "The Independent" -
The final bankruptcy of American and British policy in Syria came 10 days ago as Islamic Front, a Saudi-backed Sunni jihadi group, overran the headquarters of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) at Bab al-Hawa on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey.
The FSA, along with the Syrian National Coalition, groups that the United States and Britain have been pretending for years are at the heart of Syrian military and political opposition, has been discredited. The remaining FSA fighters are in flight, have changed sides, or are devoting all their efforts to surviving the onslaught from jihadi or al-Qa’ida-linked brigades.
The US and Britain stopped the delivery of non-lethal aid to the supply depot at Bab al-Hawa as the implications of the disaster sank in. The West’s favourite rebel commander, General Salim Idris, was on the run between Turkey and his former chief supporter and paymaster, Qatar. Turkey closed the border, the other side of which is now controlled by the Islamic Front. The so-called moderate wing of the Syrian insurgency has very limited influence, but its representatives are still being urged by Washington and London to attend the peace conference in Geneva on 22 January to negotiate Bashar al-Assad’s departure from power.
Confusion over what is happening is so great that Western leaders may not pay as much of a political price at home as they should for the failure of their Syrian policy. But it is worth recalling that the Syrian National Coalition and the FSA are the same people for whom the US and UK almost went to war in August, and saw as candidates to replace Assad in power in Damascus. The recent debacle shows how right public opinion in both countries was to reject military intervention.
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