[Marxism] Fwd: CIA and Pentagon Bicker While Russia Wipes Out U.S.-Backed Rebels - The Daily Beast

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jun 9 05:55:55 MDT 2016

(Of course, the idea that the rebels in Aleppo are "American-armed" is 

American-armed rebels are in deep trouble in the city of Aleppo. 
Washington’s response: Escalate the fight—between the U.S. military and 
intelligence communities.

U.S.-backed opposition forces in Syria’s largest city are facing a 
ferocious Russian-led assault, raising fears that the rebels could be 
eliminated in a matter of weeks.

So how are the Pentagon and the intelligence community responding?

By catfighting among themselves.

Two Department of Defense officials told The Daily Beast that they are 
not eager to support the rebels in the city of Aleppo because they’re 
seen as being affiliated with al Qaeda in Syria, or Jabhat al Nusra. The 
CIA, which supports those rebel groups, rejects that claim, saying 
alliances of convenience in the face of a mounting Russian-led offensive 
have created marriages of battlefield necessity, not ideology.

“It is a strange thing that DoD hall chatter mimics Russian propaganda,” 
one U.S. official, who supports the intelligence community position, 
wryly noted to Pentagon claims that the opposition and Nusra are one in 
the same.

But even if the rebels were completely separated from Nusra, there would 
still be something of a strategic conflict with U.S. military goals. The 
rebels in Aleppo, these Pentagon officials note, are fighting the Bashar 
al-Assad regime; the American military effort, on the other hand, is 
primarily about defeating the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

“We have no role in Aleppo. The forces we are supporting… are fighting 
ISIS,” one defense official explained to The Daily Beast.


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