[Marxism] Fwd: Did U.S. weapons supplied to Syrian rebels draw Russia into the conflict? - The Washington Post

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Oct 12 06:10:00 MDT 2015

American antitank missiles supplied to Syrian rebels are playing an 
unexpectedly prominent role in shaping the Syrian battlefield, giving 
the conflict the semblance of a proxy war between the United States and 
Russia, despite President Obama’s express desire to avoid one.

The U.S.-made BGM-71 TOW missiles were delivered under a two-year-old 
covert program coordinated between the United States and its allies to 
help vetted Free Syrian Army groups in their fight against President 
Bashar al-Assad. Now that Russia has entered the war in support of 
Assad, they are taking on a greater significance than was originally 

So successful have they been in driving rebel gains in northwestern 
Syria that rebels call the missile the “Assad Tamer,” a play on the word 
Assad, which means lion. And in recent days they have been used with 
great success to slow the Russian-backed offensive aimed at recapturing 
ground from the rebels.


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