The US backed militants in southern Syria actually traded the US weapons and ammunition to ISIS terrorists, according to a Rossiva-24 interview with a rebel defector.
Asaad As-Salem says he defected from the US-backed Maghawir al-Thawra group stationed at the At-Tanf base in southern Syria, and surrendered to Syrian government forces. Along with a number of other militants and their families, they escaped At-Tanf and currently reside in a refugee camp near Damascus, reported RT.
The former militant said he served as a chief security officer at the base, and he and his men joined the US-backed rebel group to fight IS terrorists.
RT said the rebel’s US and Norwegian instructors, stationed at the base, taught the militants to fire US-made weapons, trained mortar squads and conducted courses on accident-free driving on the battlefield.
The former militant said that after joining the group, reality differed drastically from the proclaimed goal of fighting terrorists. The unit never actually fought IS and its commander traded the US-supplied weapons with the terrorists, and the American instructors at the base let it happen.
“When we learned that our unit’s leader was selling weapons to ISIS terrorists, we reported that to American base command, but following our report no action has been taken, the Americans only ramped up the support to the man who was appointed our commander and who was dealing with ISIS,” As-Salem said.
“And he was selling all sorts of weapons our unit possessed, US-made small arms, M-16 and M-4 rifles, recoilless rifles, various machine guns and ammunition for them.”
The former militant believes, the US never actually meant for them to fight IS in the south of Syria, but wanted to create and expand its influence. He said the US advisors supported only those who can be used to fulfill their own goals, showing no interest in helping civilians.
“There’s no support for the local populace, the Americans are not interested in anything except pursuing their own goals. There’s a refugee camp, Rukhban, for example, located some 20 kilometers from the American military base…” As-Salem told Rossiya-24.
“Some of the people residing in the camp are relatives of those militants, collaborating with Americans, while the others are civilians from At-Tanf. There are no suitable living conditions there, children have nowhere to study, there’s no healthcare, the Americans support only those people who they use to pursue their own goals. All in all, I’ll tell you, they behave like invaders.”
The US-led coalition claimed the base was used to fight against Islamic State, but they have opened fire on Syrian government forces approaching the area several times.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)