US airstrikes against ISIL helped Assad, ex-envoy says

Former US ambassador to Syria claims 'We have played the role of the Assad air force.'

US airstrikes against ISIL helped Assad, ex-envoy says

World Bulletin/News Desk

U.S. airstrikes targeting the ISIL have helped Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford said during a meeting at the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

"The airstrike campaign which we started in September has actually hurt the moderate opposition. It has discredited them on the street, because our strike targeted territory taken by the Al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front which has been fighting against the Assad regime", former ambassador said.

 "ISIL units were not fighting the moderate opposition, they were fighting the Assad regime."

"In fact, what we did is we played the role of the Assad air force," Ford said.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the Assad regime and ISIL are dependent on each other, “Assad and ISIL are symbiotic. ISIL presents itself as the only alternative to Assad. Assad purports to be the last line of defense against ISIL. Both are stronger as a result.” .

More than 200,000  people have been killed during the civil war in Syria since the conflict between the Assad regime and opposition forces began in early 2011.

 National Security Adviser Susan Rice said on Oct.30, that the solution in Syria will “ultimately have to result in Assad’s departure.”

“You have an illegitimate and exceedingly violent leadership that has created conditions that not only have been harmful to the population, but have made the country a very attractive magnet for terrorists,” said Rice.

The U.S. is leading an international coalition, which includes France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia, and has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Syria as well as in Iraq. 

Last Mod: 20 Kasım 2014, 11:41
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