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Michael Weiss, Daily Beast: Russia Is Trying to Poach U.S.-Trained Rebels With ‘Unlimited’ Weapons in Syria
American trained and armed, but often disappointed by Washington and dissatisfied, this brigade finds Russian offers of support enticing.
The Russian government is trying to poach Syrian rebels trained and equipped by the United States for the war against ISIS, according to the political leader of a prominent Pentagon-backed brigade in Aleppo—and the rebels are strongly considering Russia’s offer.
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Mustafa Sejry of the Liwa al-Mu’tasim Brigade said that he met personally with a Moscow representative the Syrian-Turkish border 10 days ago and was offered “unlimited amounts of weaponry and close air support” to fight both ISIS and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, the rebranded al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, in exchange for the Mu’tasim Brigade’s transfer of loyalties from Washington to Moscow.
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WNU Editor: The Russians know the price to get these rebels on their side .... and are willing to pay it. As for the U.S. .... they probably also know what is the price to keep these rebels loyal to them, but the U.S. is not willing to spend it.