WASHINGTON, September 16, 2014 — According to CNN, on Wednesday September 10th, 2014, United States president Barak Obama asked Congress “to authorize to arm and train moderate Syrian opposition forces to fight ISIS.” This is a critical decision for the United States and Congress, as there is little guarantee these weapons will successfully reach “moderate” members of the Syrian opposition or that they will remain out of the hands of terrorist groups.
There are multiple unclear points that need to be discussed when talking about aiding Syrian opposition groups.
The unrest in Syria began in 2011 and has continued to present day. Despite the 100,000 the United Nation claim to be killed in Syria, not only is there no true record of people who lost their lives in the conflict, but there is also no study to show the number among minority groups who lost their lives.
Al-Nusra Front or Jabhat al-Nusra, was supported by the Turkish government with the help of trained commanders from Saudi Arabia. According to the Al-Monitor website, “It is no secret among diplomats in Ankara that this group was initially considered by Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as the most effective force against the Assad regime.”
Like Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIS consist of foreign fighters who gathered from different countries to fight. They have gained advanced weaponry from the Free Syrian Army (FSA), either from capturing them in battle or buy purchasing them.
The aid of the West obviously is not reaching the minorities who are suffering from attacks from both sides of the war. As Shia Rights Watch (SRW), a Washington bases organization, stated in their report “Most Killed, Least Covered,” there are many people who are still suffering from lack of food and protection in Idlib and Alzahra, two Shia villages seized by the Sunni terrorists in the south west of Aleppo because of their faith.
Christians in cities such as Mhardeh and Maaloula were brutally attacked by terrorist groups, and were not protected by Western-backed revolutionary militias.
These incidents show that the United States has no control over who is receiving aid. Additionally, the US is not able to protect the minorities who are impacted by government and terrorist groups in Syria.