Someone in Washington is seriously worried eastern Aleppo will fall to renewed Syrian-Russian offensive
A relatively innocuous-looking report from Reuters this Monday explained that Gulf Arabs and Turkey "may arm rebels now Syria truce is dead". Actually the arms talked about in the piece are shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, which doesn't sound that innocuous at all.
So this was told to Reuters by Gulf Arabs and Turks themselves right? Well, not really. This was "leaked" to Reuters by anonymous US officials. Get this. Americans explaining what Arab monarchies -- wink, wink -- are preparing to do:
One consequence of the latest diplomatic failure may be that Gulf Arab states or Turkey could step up arms supplies to rebel factions, including shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, something the United States has largely prevented until now.
One U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss American policy, said Washington has kept large numbers of such man-portable air defense systems, or MANPADS, out of Syria by uniting Western and Arab allies behind channeling training and infantry weapons to moderate opposition groups while it pursued talks with Moscow.
But frustration with Washington has intensified, raising the possibility that Gulf allies or Turkey will no longer continue to follow the U.S. lead or will turn a blind eye to wealthy individuals looking to supply MANPADS to opposition groups.
"The Saudis have always thought that the way to get the Russians to back off is what worked in Afghanistan 30 years ago - negating their air power by giving MANPADS to the mujahideen," said a second U.S. official.
"So far, we've been able to convince them that the risks of that are much higher today because we're not dealing with a Soviet Union in retreat, but a Russian leader who's bent on rebuilding Russian power and less likely to flinch," this official said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Get this. Because "frustration within Washington has intensified" Gulf Arabs or Turkey may start supplying rebels with vast quantities of MANPADs. -- But why would Gulf monarchies act out of Washington's frustration?
Obviously this is nothing but a thinly veiled threat against the Russians: 'Continue to frustrate us and you'll see Syria flooded with anti-aircraft missiles. Of course we would never do such a thing, however, our allies on the other hand...'
The second leaker was even more frank:
Another administration official, however, said, "The opposition has a right to defend itself and they will not be left defenseless in the face of this indiscriminate bombardment."
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official noted that other U.S. "allies and partners" have been involved in the U.S.-Russian talks to find a resolution to the war.
"We don't believe they will take lightly to the kind of outrages we've seen in the last 72 hours," said the administration official, who added that he would not comment on "the specific capability that might be brought into the fight." He declined to elaborate.
The veneer of plausible deniability is only paper thin here. If this happens given the context we can safely assume the Saudis or the Turks are only a vehicle for US policy.
In fact according to a fresh report the spigot has already been opened:
The US has resolved to prevent the fall of Aleppo and is preparing to allow its Gulf allies to flood the city with shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft missiles, according to a source with close contacts to rebel forces.
The Reuters news agency this week reported anonymous US officials as saying that the recent intense bombardment of Syria's second city had "heightened" the possibility of the Obama administration lifting a long-held ban by allowing Qatar and Saudi Arabia to arm rebels with man-portable missiles.
A source on Tuesday told Middle East Eye that the US had confirmed it would allow the two Gulf states to begin shipments.
"The US confirmed the green light to begin sending them to rebels through supply routes still open through Jordan and Turkey," the source said.
"Rebels are being told only to target Syrian helicopters, not Russian - but it's not clear they will abide by this.
"The US won't let Aleppo fall. We can expect to see Syrian helicopters falling from the sky within weeks."
Funneling anti-aircraft missiles to guys who idolize Osama bin Laden -- another bright idea by the super thoughtful and intelligent American empire-builders that is sure not to ever result in any blowback whatsoever. How long until the first airliner in western Europe is brought down with these same weapons?
The psychopaths running the American deep state are so petulant and narcissistic they would ramp up the terror threat against Americans and Europeans just because they're angry that Russians are beating their terrorists.
On a side note, if Syrians begin to lose men over this, how likely it is they decide to pack a few MANPADs of their own, and send them to Yemen's Houthi patriots fighting the attempted Saudi invasion of their country?