President Obama’s waiver of restrictions on supplying arms to militant groups in Syria looks like a desperate attempt to compensate for the loss of Aleppo and preserve terrorist assets elsewhere, former US diplomat Jim Jatras told RT.
Hijacked by armed extremists, the so-called moderate opposition has effectively ceased to exist in Syria, Russia's UN ambassador told the General Assembly. The forum was passing a resolution calling for the cessation of hostilities in the war-torn country.
President Obama’s waiver of restrictions on military aid to militant groups in Syria may bolster jihadist forces and ultimately lead to a direct confrontation between the US and Russia, security analyst and former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT.
Obama’s decision to lift restrictions on aiding “moderate” militant groups in the hope that they will fight ISIS will only empower terrorists, prolong the Syrian conflict and inevitably undermine Russia-US negotiations, geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen told RT.
American lawmakers have introduced a so-called Stop Arming Terrorists Act that aims to protect US taxpayers’ dollars from being spent on supporting and arming international terrorist groups through covert operations and third states.