Anti-ISIS Alliance’s Selective Policy Will Harm National Interests: Coalition

Qaddah says U.S. is supporting Ayn al-Arab while ignoring the rest of Syria

Vice President of the Syrian Coalition, Mohammed Qaddah, has criticized the U.S.-led anti-ISIS alliance policies in Syria, saying it has failed to provide the Free Syrian Army with military aid in its battle against regime forces that are on the brink of encircling Aleppo.

 

"The U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition’s singling out of the city of Ayn al-Arab to receive military support, while ignoring the rest of Syrian cities is unacceptable and detrimental to Syria’s national interests," Qaddah said. 

 

"Moreover, this selectivity in dealing with the situation in Syria, while aimed at serving specific international and regional interests, insists on ignoring the demands of the Syrian people for the toppling of Assad and building a state of law, justice and democracy," Qaddah said.

 

“We are worried that this strategy will prompt many rebel factions, even the moderate ones, to join the ranks of ISIS – not necessarily out of conviction of its radical views, but because ISIS would emerge as the sole guarantor for the survival of these factions in light of the lack of any significant military support," he said.

 

"We reiterate that saving Syria cannot be done through partial solutions, but through supporting the FSA which has proved itself as the only force capable of defeating terrorism and preserving all components of the Syrian society.  We do not exaggerate when we say that failing to support the FSA is tantamount to supporting ISIS."

 

Translated and edited by teh Syrian Observer

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