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In Syria, militias armed by the Pentagon fight those armed by the CIA

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Do we ever get tired of “unintended conflict?”

via. LA Times

Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war.

The fighting has intensified over the last two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other while maneuvering through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed.

In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called Fursan al Haq, or Knights of Righteousness, was run out of the town of Marea, about 20 miles north of Aleppo, by Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces moving in from Kurdish-controlled areas to the east.

“Any faction that attacks us, regardless from where it gets its support, we will fight it,” Maj. Fares Bayoush, a leader of Fursan al Haq, said in an interview.

Rebel fighters described similar clashes in the town of Azaz, a key transit point for fighters and supplies between Aleppo and the Turkish border, and on March 3 in the Aleppo neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsud.

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  • Amie

    Well of course. It is ancient tactic that works so well all the time: divide and conquer. How else are the CIA and the Pentagon going to win?

  • JD

    but but but Religion is the cause of all Terrorism.. 30 + years Wars around the world , Spreading Democracy, and helping our buddy Saudi and the ASSad has nothing to do with it

  • The greenmantle

    Another win win war for the indusrial military congressional complex 🙂

    Sir David

  • Alejandro Rodríguez

    Is it really an unintentional byproduct? The US is trying to cut Syria into different pieces and is intentionally trying to create as much chaos as possible. There’s little reason to believe that this in-fighting wasn’t planned by the US imperialist entity.

  • AJ

    So that validify the quite popular hypothesis that US funds terror groups in various parts of the world (Afghanistan, Iraq) in order to extend their invasion – “well, we are here to fight the terrorists”? Meanwhile, the ‘terrorists’ never usually harm the US army, they just fight any local forces and weaken them all in all strengthening the US pretext to stay in these countries.

  • mindy1

    Is this what Shakespeare meant by comedy of errors? :/

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