Syria to Obama: Quit Arming ISIS Terrorists
U.S. funding of militant groups fuels terrorism, Syria’s foreign minister states
The Obama administration and its coalition partners are fueling terrorism by arming and funding al-Qaeda affiliated militants and the practice needs to stop, Syria’s foreign minister said Monday.
In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Walid al-Moallem denounced the Obama administration’s policy of arming certain militants while striking others, calling it a double-standard policy which “creates a fertile ground for the growth” of terrorist organizations.
“…What we see on the part of the U.S. administration is a double standard policy and alliances to score certain political agendas, particularly through supporting with money, weapons and training of groups they call moderate,” he said. “This is a real recipe for the increase of violence and terrorism, shedding of Syrian blood, prolonging of the Syrian crisis and demolishing of the political solution at its basis.”
“This behavior creates a fertile ground for the growth of these terrorist groups that commit the most heinous crimes on the Syrian territory, which requires all of us to seriously and effectively address and eradicate terrorism, and re-establish security and stability in Syria and the region.”
The foreign minister added that “striking terrorism militarily while some states are continuing their support of terrorist groups will create a whirlpool of which the international community will not exit in decades,” and he called on countries to stop arming, training, funding and smuggling terrorist groups, stating that ISIS is an “ideology metamorphosed into an organization supported, armed and trained in order to be unleashed like a monster against Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.”
“Let us simultaneously exert pressure on the countries that joined the coalition led by the United States to stop their support of armed terrorist groups,” he said. “Only then, combating terrorism militarily becomes viable.”
The Syrian government has long been at war with ISIS, the al-Qaeda group which has taken control of large areas of eastern Syria and western Iraq while beheading Christians and others refusing to submit to Sharia Law.
Last week, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, admitted the real purpose of the fight against ISIS is to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad