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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pentagon's Syria plan would see results in 2016 - Yeah Right

Anyone who believes 2016 will see peace and democracy in Syria is a fool

But lets here what the Pentagon says anyways? - Ian Bach
here is an Article I posted a while back regarding US arming Rebels

The Pentagon said Friday that a year-long plan to train and equip 5,000 Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria could stretch into early 2016.
Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said during a Pentagon briefing that it would take three to five months to recruit and vet Syrian rebels before any training begins. 
By that timeline, the 5,000 rebels would not start training until between March and May 2015 at the earliest. And that recruiting and vetting has not begun yet, Kirby said.
That timeline is even later than the one given earlier this week by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk, who told lawmakers on Wednesday that the rebels would begin training in March and ready to fight by March 2016.
But Kirby estimated training would only take eight to nine months of training time -- which would see rebels ready between November 2015 and February 2016 at the earliest. 
"We want to get this right more than we want to get it done fast. And it's going to be time-consuming," he said. 
Some lawmakers expressed concern this week that the program was not moving fast enough, and that moderate opposition in Syria is nearly extinct as it fends off attacks from ISIS and the Assad regime. 
"All of the indications are the moderate part of the insurgency such as it is, has collapsed in Syria, is actually losing ground catastrophically almost to the point of extinction," Rep. Gerry Connelly (D-Va.) on Wednesday. 
The timeline was not entirely unexpected by Congress. Lawmakers on Friday approved authority for that program for two years as part of a defense policy bill that would give the Pentagon until December 2016. 
"The train and equip program cannot be delayed. In order for it to be operationally effective, the U.S. must prioritize equipping Syrian freedom fighters to take on Assad's terrorist militias as well as Daesh," said Oubai Shahbandar, a senior adviser for the Syrian National Coalition, using an Arab term for ISIS. 
Kirby said planners have not been "sitting idle," and that Army Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata, who has been appointed to oversee the effort, has established vetting criteria.
The Pentagon has also has been working with other U.S. agencies and international partners in the region "who know these groups and know these individuals," he said. 
"We have been developing a training curriculum and a building-block approach," Kirby added. "And we've been doing the necessary preparations for the training sites that we know that we will have access to."
"We know how to do it very, very well. But to make it done very well, you've got to -- you've got to invest the time. And we need to be patient and willing to do that," he said.
Looks like same old crap. Arm a bunch of Sunni militias to go kill Shia militias? In Iraq USA arm Shia militias to kill Sunni militias so I guess that makes things nice and even? - Ian Bach