Senior US Official Says US-Armed Free Syrian Army Are “Thugs”, “Should Be Wiped Off the Face of the Earth”

Blasts Syrian Islamists in Turkish pay, forgets to mention they are the same cuddly "moderate rebels" the US backed 2011-2017

Was appropriate for the Empire to unleash them against Syria’s Christians, Alawites, Druze, Shia and secular Sunnis. Now suddenly they are “pirates”, should be “wiped off the face of the Earth”

The Wall Street Journal:

At least 71 civilians have been killed in Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The group said six of them were executed by Turkish-backed fighters along the M4 highway running along the border. A senior Trump administration official on Tuesday attributed the executions to Turkish-supported Syrian opposition elements being used by Ankara as part of its military assault.

“The Turkish Armed Forces and the Syrian National Army are conducting an extremely meticulous operation without inflicting even slightest harm to civilians,” the Turkish presidency’s communications department said on Tuesday.

Ankara could have employed traditional military units to conduct its operation, the official said, but “instead they decided to use these thugs and bandits and pirates that should be wiped off the face of the earth.” The unit affiliated with those killings is “a well-known jihadist element,” the official added.

Turkey has long relied on such Syrian proxy groups, as it did in 2016 and 2018 when Ankara launched its two previous military offensives in Syria. For years, U.S. officials had rejected demands that American forces work with Turkey’s Syrian proxies because of U.S. concerns about their links to extremist groups and questions about their professionalism.

Pentagon officials said they have “significant concerns” about the militias backed by Turkey. “The Turks have committed to us that they will have control over those forces, but it’s a continued concern, especially after you unleash a force like that,” the official said.

“In terms of counterterrorism, we have never been subjected to a double standard as the one we are now facing in Syria,” Mr. Erdogan said.

This comes a day after another “senior US official” told reporters Turkish-backed rebels are “crazy and not reliable” and the reason US troops had to be evacuated for their safety:

Erdogan can legitimately complain of DC hypocrisy. For one thing the “thugs and bandits and pirates” he has unleashed on northern Syria are simply the same cuddly “moderate rebels” the US unleashed against the Syrian society, state and religious minorities sometime in 2012. An onslaught the US withdrew from only in the spring of 2017.

But even this withdrawal from actively backing the Islamist rebellion was accompanied by the intensification of the economic siege and the subsequent near-total starvation of government-held Syria of fuel. See: Sitting on Syria’s Oil, US Cuts Lifeline From Iran, Plunges Syria Into Fuel Crisis.

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CHUCKMAN
3 months ago

Just one more grisly bit in a long horror story.

There couldn’t be a country less suited to dominating the planet than America.

Its record of blunders and mistakes and its own atrocities is simply staggering.

And it can’t even run its own country where the books are wildly out of balances, infrastructure is a mess, and services of every description are threadbare.

silver7
silver7
3 months ago
Reply to  CHUCKMAN

Their police kill people just being in their own houses. One just shot a women stone dead who was just babysitting. Same thing ISIS has done, walked in on people and shot them. How far America has fallen.

Vish
Vish
3 months ago

The Americans think that no one notices their imperial hypocrisy and deviousness in which they are now shedding crocodile tears about the horrors of the jihadist groups that they themselves armed and supported for the past several years.

These “thugs & bandits & pirates” are America’s “moderate pro-democracy rebels.”

Genghis Gobi
3 months ago
Reply to  Vish

“The Americans think that no one notices their imperial hypocrisy and deviousness…”

They don’t care. They think they own the planet. That’s why they can blame Trump for “giving away” North Syria, because they assume that they own it along with everything else.

temujin1970
temujin1970
3 months ago

Thugs now eh?. So much for moderate rebels. Amerikkka is a total laughing stock around the world. Their hypocrisy is laid bare for the entire world to see.
Amerikkka will NEVER recover from this destruction of their standing in the world.
The empire is over.

Richard Hollembeak
Richard Hollembeak
3 months ago
Reply to  temujin1970

Since when has DC’s foreign policies been , what is best for our nation ?

ArcAngel
ArcAngel
3 months ago

I suspect NO ONE CARES what a vile sick anti-Human “Senior US official” has to spew.
Or what ANY clown on twatter has to spew.

The US backstabbing ANOTHER country or group/tribe. I’m shocked.
Then of course it has to regurgitate its demonic blood lust… “wiped off the face of the earth” ????? Really. The US wants more KILLING…imagine that.

Anti-Empire