Tuesday, July 24, 2012

More knees buckling on Syria.

Obviously, it's not only the FSA's commanders in Turkey who are out of touch with the field!
"...The U.S. government, meanwhile, is facing calls to step up to the plate in Syria as diplomatic efforts continue to fail. The Obama administration is reportedly planning intensively for the Assad government’s collapse—and also moving to boost its assistance to the FSA in the form of non-combat training and supplies, and possibly intelligence, according to The New York Times. “It looks like we’re moving to an end-
game,” says Joshua Landis, a Syria expert with the University of Oklahoma. “There is intense pressure on the United States to do something.”
Despite the FSA’s recent gains, in Antakya, the Turkish city near Apaydin that is serving as a hub for the Syrian opposition, the sense remains of a disjointed military effort lacking a cohesive command chain of command—a difficult prospect for foreign governments looking to channel support. “The FSA in Turkey is not well-connected to what’s actually going on inside Syria,” says David Pollock, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who met with opposition leaders in Antakya recently. “Turkey keeps them on a very tight leash.” ..."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The morons in Doha are also out of touch with reality. The recent meeting of Arab FMs calling to change the mission of Anan is ludicrous. In the first place, setting the Anan mission took months of preparations. Changing the mission because Hamad wants so is pure fantasy.