Foreign powers that support the forces opposing President Assad’s troops continue to help militants in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.
Foreign powers that support the forces opposing President Assad’s troops continue to help militants in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, the Financial Times information website reports. That’s despite Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists forming a large part of the opposition.
According to militants, who are surrounded inside Aleppo, they have plenty of weapons and ammo, which is delivered by ‘tens of trucks’ from Turkey, the website reports, citing an activist working on both sides of the border.
Payments for the weapons and supplies that are delivered into rebel-controlled areas of Syria, are made by regional powers such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar that turn a blind eye to some of the militants’ terrorist affiliations.
“The Americans, of course, knew what was going on. They ignored it to put some pressure back on Russia and Iran,” the Financial Times quotes a Western diplomat in contact with the opposition as saying.
The report claims that the militants in Aleppo have more problems with cash than with guns and ammo.
“A lot of money has gone in the last month to get all these groups to play along,” a Syrian opposition figure residing in Turkey said, the website reports. “That’s the only way you get these guys to work together – you have to pay them.”
It is widely known that the Al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, Al-Nusra Front (now renamed Fatah al-Sham), is one of the main forces fighting the Syrian Army in Aleppo, although the group has now renounced direct ties to the international terrorist group.
The government troops were pushed back by the militant forces, who even declared the “end of the siege,” with some attributing the success to Fatah al-Sham.
“It succeeded not because of outside support but because Fatah al-Sham and the other jihadist groups are incredibly disciplined, with plenty of guys willing to blow themselves up at the front,” the Western diplomat said.
At the same time, according to reports from the Russian Air Force and the Syrian Army, at least 2,000 terrorists have been killed in Aleppo in the last 10 days.
Western diplomats are calling the Syrian government to stop fighting the terrorists holed up in Aleppo and start negotiations with them, for the sake of the up to 300,000 civilians still stayed in the besieged city.
Adel Jubair, the Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, has been threatening to increase aid to the militants in Syria if the conflict is not resolved politically.
The Syrian government has opened humanitarian corridors for civilians for leaving Aleppo. However, people practically cannot use them because terrorists, who need a civilian human shield, have posted snipers that shoot those trying to escape.
As for today, 400 civilians have fled the city through humanitarian corridors. Some 90 terrorists surrendered to government troops in connection with Damascus’s promise to pardon those who lay down arms.
According to the Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Vladimir Safronkov, the unwillingness and inability of the states involved to eliminate terrorists in Syria is being camouflaged with “lament and mourning” over the humanitarian situation in Aleppo.
“Propaganda, emotional rhetoric, groundless accusations and stoking tensions” are intentionally hindering a political settlement in Syria, Safronkov said at a UN Security Council session in New York. The diplomat also noted that “the only way to end the Syrian conflict was to unite in fighting terrorism and restore the political dialogue inside Syria.”
While Damascus and Moscow are organizing humanitarian relief in Aleppo and other Syrian regions, European diplomats in the UN say that “Russia must act,” Safronkov added.
“What about what you must do?” Safronkov asked his Security Council colleagues, stressing that the time has come to recognize that the source of the humanitarian crisis in the country cannot be the Syrian government’s counterterrorist operations.