from Sputnik News:
While the United States has consistently backed what Washington refers to as “moderate” rebels in the Syrian conflict, video released Friday appears to show those same moderate fighters turning on American Special Forces.
On Friday, the Pentagon announced that dozens of US Special Operations Forces had been deployed to Syria to fight alongside the Turkish military and so-called moderate Syrian rebels.
“At the request of the government of Turkey, US special operations forces are accompanying Turkish and vetted Syrian opposition forces as they continue to clear territory from ISIL [Daesh] in and around the area of the Syrian border near Jarabulus and Ar Rai,” Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis told reporters.
These joint ops appear to be off to a rocky start.
— Nidal Gazaui (@NidalGazaui_) 16 September 2016
Footage appears to show US commandos being chased from the town of Ar Rai by fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
“Christians and Americans have no place among us,” one fighter shouts. “They want to wage war to occupy Syria.”
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) 16 September 2016
“The collaborators of America are dogs and pigs,” shouts another. “They wage a crusader war against Syria and Islam.”
According to Charles Lister, a senior fellow with the Middle East Institute, the incident revolved around the FSA’s fears that the US was now supporting the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
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