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US-Backed ‘Rebels’ Beg for Anti-air Missiles in Syria

from TRU News:

US-backed Syrian ‘rebels’ are lobbying for anti-aircraft missiles to ‘protect’ against ‘future enemies’ without outright naming Russia.

(BEIRUT, LEBANON) A U.S.-backed alliance of militias claiming to be fighting ISIS hopes a U.S. decision to ease some restrictions on arming groups in Syria will lead to them getting anti-aircraft missiles, its spokesman said on Tuesday.

Although ISIS does not have warplanes, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance wants shoulder-fired anti-aircraft systems to protect its forces from potential future enemies, spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters.

He declined to say who these could be, noting there was currently no armed confrontation between the SDF and the Syrian government and its Russian backers.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday Moscow regarded the U.S. policy change as a hostile act and a “direct threat to the Russian air force”.

To date, no reasonable determination can be made regarding the true intentions of the various US-armed proxy forces fighting in Syria. On the other hand, evidence has been found that Muslim fighters in these groups have aligned with jihadists, and fought against the Russian backed coalition liberating Syria from ISIS.

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