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

A.R. G amithrgupta at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 06:19:21 MDT 2015

Is this true? I was under the impression that US support for rebels had
been largely ineffectual. Why would the US give the rebels an effective
tool like this against the regime?

- Amith

On Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 8:10 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> 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 intended.
> 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.
> full:
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/did-us-weapons-supplied-to-syrian-rebels-draw-russia-into-the-conflict/2015/10/11/268ce566-6dfc-11e5-91eb-27ad15c2b723_story.html
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