Ex-CIA Officer: US Congress Arms ISIL in Syria via so-called “Moderate Opposition”

WASHINGTON- The US congress have armed the extremists of the terrorist organization calling itself the “Islamic State of Iraq and Levant” (ISIL) by providing weapons to the so-called "moderate opposition” in Syria, former CIA counter terrorism officer and Senate Foreign Relations Committee senior investigator John Kiriakou has said, Sputnik reported on Wednesday.

Kiriakou said that the so-called “Free Syrian Army", which is an armed group fighting the Syrian government and is considered as “moderate” by western countries , “didn’t help at all…supporting them has only made matters worse. Most of the US arms that were sent to them found their way into the hands of ISIL. Congress has paid for the arming of ISIL.”

According to him, ISIL forces in Syria had been able to capture and use modern US equipment from the “FSA”.

The US support for the idea of "a liberal, democratic freedom-loving, peace-loving opposition," as an alternative to President Bashar Al-Assad, “was just nonsense,” Kiriakou said. The US should have stayed out instead of making the situation worse, he added.

Despite the failure of the US program for training what Washington calls “moderate opposition”, the American President Barack Obama keep insisting to provide more support for the terrorist organizations in Syria.

Hamda Mustafa