[Marxism] Fwd: New Syrian rebel alliance formed, says weapons on the way | Reuters

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Oct 12 15:54:08 MDT 2015

A Kurdish militia in northern Syria has joined forces with Arab rebels, 
and their new alliance has been promised fresh weapon supplies by the 
United States for an assault on Islamic State forces in Raqqa, a 
spokesman said on Monday.

The alliance calling itself the Democratic Forces of Syria includes the 
Kurdish YPG militia and Syrian Arab groups, some of which fought 
alongside it in a campaign that drove Islamic State from wide areas of 
northern Syria earlier this year.

The Arab groups in the new alliance are operating under the name "The 
Syrian Arab Coalition" - a grouping which U.S. officials have said would 
receive support under a new U.S. strategy aimed at fighting Islamic 
State in Syria.

A spokesman for some of the Arab rebels said they were told by 
Washington that new weapons were being sent to help them launch a joint 
offensive on the city of Raqqa.

"We met the Americans and this has been approved and we have been told 
these new arms ... are on their way," said Abu Muazz, a spokesman for 
the Raqqa Revolutionaries Front, a grouping of mainly Arab tribal 
insurgents who are mostly drawn from the Raqqa area.

He said the group constituted a 3,200-strong, well trained fighting 
force which could begin using the weapons within days of their arrival. 
It has an additional 600 fighters who are currently wounded, he said.


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