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article imageOp-Ed: US weapons finding their way into the wrong hands

By Justin King     Dec 10, 2013 in World
After being denied a war by popular opinion and being outmaneuvered by Russia, the US began supplying arms and equipment to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) amid protests that those weapons might fall into the wrong hands; namely, those of US enemies.
The leadership of the FSA has been cast as “moderate” by the US media; however the clerics associated with the organization will only accept Sharia law, as shown in the video. Aside from this liberal use of the term moderate, the US media has done an amazing job of overlooking the FSA’s inability to win the war. The FSA has had a series of major setbacks, including the loss of a US supplied shipment to a rival rebel group, Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). Several FSA commanders were captured the same day. ISIS is an Al-Qaeda-linked organization that advocates for a large Islamic Emirate in the region comprising of territory currently made up by several countries.
After only a few months, US supplies are already being used by opposition forces. An even greater peril is the practice of units associated with the US backed FSA simply defecting and changing sides, taking their US supplied weapons and equipment with them. Several dozen units have defected to either ISIS, or the equally hardline Al-Nursa Front since aid began.
Syria: Wounded civilians
Syria: Wounded civilians
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The woes caused by US intervention in Syria do not stop at the border. Many of those associating themselves with Al-Nursa or ISIS are non-Syrian fighters who are participating in the conflict out of religious duty or the desire to create a large Islamic Emirate. There are fighters from 80 nations, totaling as many as 7,000 troops currently in Syria with the rebels. No matter the outcome of the war, these soldiers will return to their home countries with their weapons.
Ramzan Kadyrov
Ramzan Kadyrov
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The Russian government has established a unit now training to fight Islamic insurgents currently in Syria, out of fears that they will return home to the Caucasus to fight. Chechnya’s Moscow-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, said
These bandits post videos daily claiming that after Syria they will migrate to the North Caucasus and engage in terrorist and subversive activities,
We cannot sit quietly listening to these threats and wait for this plague to move toward Russia ... so the police and the republic's leadership are taking preventative measures.
One of the terrorists/Israeli flag flies at half mast at the Olympic stadium
One of the terrorists/Israeli flag flies at half mast at the Olympic stadium
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Russia has cause for worry, as the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, a city in the mountain range where militants are waging an insurgency to create a Caucasus Emirate. The leader of the militants seeking the Emirate has ordered his followers to use the maximum force necessary to disrupt the games.
After this war is over in Syria, the fallout from the US training, arming, and equipping of Islamic terrorists in the conflict will reach across continents. Each and every shipment increases the likelihood that US weapons and expertise will be used to attack our own Olympians in Sochi next year. US arms may be the means for the next Munich Massacre.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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