Since the U.S. has given up on its failed strategy of training Syrian fighters and sending them into battle only to be captured and killed by other Syrian fighters who the U.S. also trained, the U.S. had to come up with another idea to help out Syria’s “freedom fighters” fleeing under bombardment by the Russian air force only to be cut down by Hezbollah.
The Pentagon’s effort to recruit 5,400 properly “vetted” anti-ISIS rebels by the end of the year revealed to the world that the mission was a complete failure after only “four or five” of these fighters were actually still around after the rest were either captured, killed, lost in the desert, or fighting for someone else.
This has cost the U.S. taxpayer somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 million over the last six months.
So now, the newest plan is helicopter ammo.
U.S. officials confirmed on Monday the Obama administration has air dropped 112 pallets of ammunition to jihadist fighters in Syria.
The U.S. has now resorted to dropping “tons” of ammo into the middle of nowhere, in hopes the “right” people will find it.
According to CNN, C-17s, accompanied by fighter escort aircraft, dropped small arms ammunition and other items like hand grenades in northern Syria to a coalition of rebels groups vetted by the U.S., known as the Syrian Arab Coalition.
The Syrian Arab Coalition consists of Jaysh al-Thuwar, Euphrates Volcano, Al Sanadid Forces, Brigade Groups of al Jazira and other groups said to be associated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) — which was said to be a “moderate” and “secular” force, but several factions within the group have pledged allegiance to ISIS in July 2014.
In September, 2014 a commander with the FSA admitted cooperating with ISIS and the al-Nusra Front — which is the al-Qaeda spin-off that has joined forces with the Islamic State. “We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in … Qalamoun,” Bassel Idriss said.
He added, “Let’s face it: The Nusra Front is the biggest power present right now in Qalamoun and we as FSA would collaborate on any mission they launch as long as it coincides with our values.”
ISIS members claim to cooperate with the FSA and buy weapons provided by the U.S.
“We are buying weapons from the FSA. We bought 200 anti-aircraft missiles and Koncourse anti tank weapons,” ISIS member Abu Atheer told al-Jazeera. “We have good relations with our brothers in the FSA. For us, the infidels are those who cooperate with the West to fight Islam.”
In addition, in late 2013, a leader from the FSA’s Supreme Military Council announced he had defected to ISIS.
“The Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council, the vaunted bulwarks of the moderate opposition, only really exist in hotel lobbies and the minds of Western diplomats,” writes Counter Punch’s Ben Reynolds.
Last October, Vice President Joe Biden alluded to the truth about the so-called moderates fighting in Syria.
Biden said U.S. “allies in the region” are “our largest problem in Syria.”
“What were they doing? They were so determined to take down Assad, and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war, what did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad – except that the people who were being supplied… were al-Nusra, and al-Qaeda, and the extremist elements of jihadis who were coming from other parts of the world.”
Biden’s remark was portrayed in the West as another of his infamous gaffes.