Middle East Aflame
Lebanon Hoping for U.S. Arms Deal
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  • Breif2

    “Lebanon hopes that the United States will supply it with arms just as we did Iraq”

    And my fear is that they will have a similar final recipient. I’m not advocating against the provision of weapons, but…

  • gabrielsyme

    We hope the US and the West would treat the LAF the same way it is treating the Iraqi Army which is fighting the same enemy: ISIS

    Right, but the Syrian Army, which is significantly more involved and effective against ISIS, must be destroyed. Can no-one see the incoherence of American policy in the region? If Obama wanted to guarantee an ISIS safe haven in Eastern Syria he could do no better than his model of supporting ISIS’ cobelligerents against the Syrian Army. The Free Syrian Army is apparently now even conducting joint operations in Lebanon with ISIS, destabilising yet another country.

    • B-Sabre

      The source regarding the FSA supporting the IS in the article you cite is a member of the Al-Nusra front, which is an Al Qaeda affiliate and I’m not sure I’d take their word on whether the sun rises in the east or not. And even if a “unit” or members of the FSA have supported IS in this action, it doesn’t mean that the whole FSA is behind them.

      • gabrielsyme

        Certainly there is a great deal of uncertainty in this as in most information about the internal actions of the Syrian rebellion. But that works in both directions- it makes it as difficult to know reliably if the FSA is operating within desired parameters as it is to confirm that they are not.

        More importantly, there appears to be a continual churn of allegiances, tactical alliances and fighters between and within groups. Armaments given to “reliable” FSA units are going to be shared with unreliable FSA units, and they might be traded or sold to allied militias and co-belligerents. Individual fighters or units may well continue to defect to al-Nusra or ISIS and take their weapons with them.

  • Jojo Jobxyzone

    But then the weapons would end up in the hands of Hizballah – another terrorist organization

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