US military not only admits to training Syrian militants, but says they do not care if they choose to fight with terrorist organizations
January 15, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
DAMASCUS, Syria – The United States Central Command (CENTCOM), the United States military branch responsible for North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, has admitted to a journalist that they only train militants and does not care if they join internationally recognized terrorist organizations afterwards.
Sharmine Narwani, an award winning journalist, asked a CENTCOM spokesperson what they thought of US-trained “rebels” allying with Al-Qaeda.
In response to the question, the spokesperson responded with “We don’t ‘command and control’ these forces – we only ‘train and enable’ them…Who they say they’re allying with, that’s their business.”
5) Here’s what a CENTCOM spox told me when I asked what the Pentagon thought about its “rebels” working with Al Qaeda: “We don’t ‘command and control’ these forces – we only ‘train and enable’ them…Who they say they’re allying with, that’s their business.” Literally, wow. pic.twitter.com/FF5j6clNwj
— Sharmine Narwani (@snarwani) January 14, 2018
This is the first such admission from any US official as they usually deny that the militants they support, arm and train collaborate with terrorist organizations.
This also highlights that the US is prioritizing regime change in Syria over defeating terrorist organizations.