After the Syrian rebels gave guns to Al-Qaeda, Obama's new Syria strategy is to give them more guns
In the wake of repeated embarrassments to its Syria policy, the White House is moving toward a less scrupulous, more aggressive strategy in the country.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the presumptive new strategy includes less strenuous vetting requirements for rebels receiving weapons, and a renewed focus on Islamic State’s eastern Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. Last week, a top general revealed that only “four or five” fighters under the U.S.-backed Syrian rebel program were still on the battlefield.
Over the weekend, news emerged as well that about 70 U.S.-trained rebels had recently crossed the border to fight in Syria. Conflicting reports claim that some of those fighters have already been captured by Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate.
President Barack Obama’s new strategy, as ever, involves taking advantage of the situation on the ground in Syria instead of proactively influencing it. It also recognizes that Iraq is not the only front on which the battle against Islamic State must be carried out.