U.S. funding of militant groups fuels terrorism, Syria's foreign minister states
The Obama administration and its coalition partners are fueling terrorism by arming and funding al-Qaeda affiliated militants and the practice needs to stop, Syria’s foreign minister said Monday.
In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Walid al-Moallem denounced the Obama administration’s policy of arming certain militants while striking others, calling it a double-standard policy which “creates a fertile ground for the growth” of terrorist organizations.
“…What we see on the part of the U.S. administration is a double standard policy and alliances to score certain political agendas, particularly through supporting with money, weapons and training of groups they call moderate,” he said. “This is a real recipe for the increase of violence and terrorism, shedding of Syrian blood, prolonging of the Syrian crisis and demolishing of the political solution at its basis.”
“This behavior creates a fertile ground for the growth of these terrorist groups that commit the most heinous crimes on the Syrian territory, which requires all of us to seriously and effectively address and eradicate terrorism, and re-establish security and stability in Syria and the region.”
The foreign minister added that “striking terrorism militarily while some states are continuing their support of terrorist groups will create a whirlpool of which the international community will not exit in decades,” and he called on countries to stop arming, training, funding and smuggling terrorist groups, stating that ISIS is an “ideology metamorphosed into an organization supported, armed and trained in order to be unleashed like a monster against Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.”
“Let us simultaneously exert pressure on the countries that joined the coalition led by the United States to stop their support of armed terrorist groups,” he said. “Only then, combating terrorism militarily becomes viable.”
The Syrian government has long been at war with ISIS, the al-Qaeda group which has taken control of large areas of eastern Syria and western Iraq while beheading Christians and others refusing to submit to Sharia Law.
Last week, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, admitted the real purpose of the fight against ISIS is to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Power said “moderate” rebels in Syria, such as the Free Syria Army (FSA), will receive an “infusion of support” from the U.S. and its coalition partners, but the Russian Federation ambassador to the U.N., Alexey Borodavkin, later pointed out that moderate rebel groups in Syria which are independent of ISIS “no longer exist” and the main belligerents in the ongoing Syrian Civil War are the Syrian government and al-Qaeda affiliates.
“…The Syrian government is working against a huge army of trained armed terrorists,” he told the U.N. Human Rights Council while discussing a recent report by an independent commission into the conflict.
“Armed groups qualified as ‘moderate’ are closely coordinating their activities with terrorist groups,” he added.
And a FSA commander admitted this a few weeks ago.
“We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in… Qalamoun,” Bassel Idriss, the commander of an FSA-aligned rebel brigade, told the Lebanese Daily Star.
Additionally, the leader of the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front, Abu-Mohammad al-Jolani, held a meeting with two CIA officers and the Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense last year, where it was decided that al-Nusra and the FSA would work together to depose the Syrian government.
This meeting likely stemmed from a discussion during the 2012 Bilderberg conference held in Chantilly, Virginia, in which participants envisioned a Syrian puppet government taking orders from the U.S. State Department, the European Union and NATO.