The Middle East has never been a simple political/military landscape to navigate. There’s Israel, Palestine, Al Qaeda, Assad’s regime, ISIS, the Taliban, Turkey, the Kurds, Western coalitions, Russia, and many more factors weave a tangled web of constant conflict. America, being the self-proclaimed “world police,” have been trying for decades to bring peace to the area. In a world where there are no sure allies, at least we can always trust ourselves to watch our own back… Or can we?
Recently, militias backed by the CIA have begun to fight with militias supported by the Pentagon. The two sides appear to be fighting over a contested region between the Turkish border and the city of Aleppo. The Chicago Tribune reports:
In mid-February, a CIA-armed militia called Fursan al Haq, or Knights of Righteousness, was run out of the town of Marea, about 20 miles north of Aleppo, by Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces moving in from Kurdish-controlled areas to the east.
“Any faction that attacks us, regardless from where it gets its support, we will fight it,” said Maj. Fares Bayoush, a leader of Fursan al Haq.
Rebel fighters described similar clashes in the town of Azaz, a key transit point for fighters and supplies between Aleppo and the Turkish border, and March 3 in the Aleppo neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsud.
“We’ll fight anyone, no matter who’s supporting who.” And that, ladies and gentlemen, sums up the Middle East. The enemy of my enemy is still an enemy.
These groups have been armed and organized with U.S. help to fight ISIS. Of course, the militias main goal is to liberate Syria from the regime of President Assad. The problem is they want to liberate Syria. Anyone else is also a threat.
To summarize, we have two groups with relatively similar goals. However, due to a series of political, religious, and ethnic factors, these groups are bitter rivals. Any hope of cooperation is slim, almost silly to even imagine. Kinda sounds like Congress, huh?