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BEST OF THE WEB: The US has backed 21 of the 28 ‘crazy’ militias leading Turkey’s brutal invasion of northern Syria

BEST OF THE WEB: The US has backed 21 of the 28 ‘crazy’ militias leading Turkey’s brutal invasion of northern Syria

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Footage showing members of Turkey’s mercenary “national army” executing Kurdish captives as they led the Turkish invasion of northern Syria touched off a national outrage, provoking US government officials, pundits and major politicians to rage against their brutality. In the Washington Post, a US official condemned the militias as a “crazy and unreliable.” Another official called them “thugs and bandits and pirates that should be wiped off the face of the earth.” Meanwhile, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the scene as a “sickening horror,” blaming President Donald Trump exclusively for the atrocities. But the fighters involved in the atrocities in northern Syria were not just random tribesmen assembled into an ad hoc army. In fact, many were former members of the Free Syrian Army, the force once armed by the CIA and Pentagon and branded as “moderate rebels.” This disturbing context was conveniently omitted from the breathless denunciations of US officials and…
Source: BEST OF THE WEB: The US has backed 21 of the 28 ‘crazy’ militias leading Turkey’s brutal invasion of northern Syria

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