Fiasco: U.S.-trained rebels in Syria are unaccounted for, may have been killed or deserted

posted at 7:21 pm on August 6, 2015 by Allahpundit

Late-breaking news this afternoon from the tip of the smart-power spear:

How bad it is it? Bad enough that even Vox won’t try to spin for Obama on this one:

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If you’re wondering what CNN means when it refers to the “remaining” U.S.-trained rebels in Syria, let me explain. Our grand effort to roll back ISIS there and eventually unseat Assad started a month ago with roughly 60 — no typo — fighters composing a group known as Division 30. A week ago, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, kidnapped seven members of Division 30; a day later they killed five more and wounded 18, cutting the group’s manpower in half. Among the people kidnapped, reportedly, was Division 30’s commander. In response, the group has … taken to Facebook to ask the Nusra Front to please leave them alone and focus on the common enemy.

Then came more news this morning:

A group of Syrian rebels that includes fighters trained by the United States have declared their refusal to fight al-Qaida’s affiliate in the country, the Nusra Front, following a series of kidnappings by the militant group.

A source in Division 30, which has endured a campaign of kidnappings by the Nusra Front, said they also oppose the American air strikes carried out in the last few days against the al-Qaida-linked fighters…

“With all the immense military power the US has at its disposal, the start to the mission is nothing short of an embarrassment and if it has any hope of succeeding, it needs to show results fast,” said Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and an expert on Syrian insurgent groups.

That was the last news until CNN’s tweet, raising the question of what happened to the 30 remaining members of Division 30. Did they quit because the fight’s become too dangerous with Al Qaeda targeting them? Did they join the Nusra Front, perhaps? Or did Nusra murder all of them, hoping to make a statement about collaborating with America? “Working with Americans makes recruits a target,” the NYT noted last week, “not just of the Islamic State but also of the Nusra Front.” The more ruthless the jihadis are with Division 30, the stronger the message will be sent to future American recruits that they’re marked for death on all sides once they reach the battlefield. All of which, mind you, was entirely foreseeable: Realistically, what could a small band of a few dozen recruits be expected to achieve facing Assad’s troops on one side and two battle-hardened jihadi outfits on the other? And yet they were sent into the field anyway. Why?

In case you missed it last week, here’s the AP noting the other side of the Syria coin — that despite a year’s worth of sporadic bombing by the U.S., ISIS is no weaker now than when Obama first began targeting them a year ago. The new nuclear deal is horrible enough to probably ensure that Iran will be the biggest foreign policy failure of his presidency, but don’t draw any firm conclusions yet. After Libya and now this, there’s no telling how bad things might get over his last year and a half.


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But….He ended Bush’s illegal wars responsibly, right?

Judge_Dredd on August 6, 2015 at 7:26 PM

anti-Midas effect. Everything he touches turns to sh!t.

rbj on August 6, 2015 at 7:33 PM

All 60 of them? OMG!! /

The horror…

…but at least we no longer have to wonder which side Barack Obama or John Kerry or Valerie Jarrett are on…

Athos on August 6, 2015 at 7:33 PM

anti-Midas effect. Everything he touches turns to sh!t.

rbj on August 6, 2015 at 7:33 PM

The Obama Touch…

Athos on August 6, 2015 at 7:33 PM

0bama needs to send Kerry over there right away with a Reset button.

pedestrian on August 6, 2015 at 7:34 PM

His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.
 
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2009/press.html

rogerb on August 6, 2015 at 7:35 PM

All of which, mind you, was entirely foreseeable: Realistically, what could a small band of a few dozen recruits be expected to achieve facing Assad’s troops on one side and two battle-hardened jihadi outfits on the other? And yet they were sent into the field anyway. Why?

It was not unintended.

Steve Eggleston on August 6, 2015 at 7:35 PM

After Libya and now this, there’s no telling how bad things might get over his last year and a half.


Or the 4 years after that if we let a GOPe Presidential WUSS be elected CiC.

Burn.It.Down

PolAgnostic on August 6, 2015 at 7:36 PM

There was talk that some of them fled to the safety of Afrin, a Kurdish/YPG town in NW Syria very near al Nusra held Azaz.

First thing I want to know is why the hell were these guys sent directly into an Al Nusra area instead of being introduced to combat under the umbrella of the FSA/YPG from the relative safety of neighboring Kobane or Afrin Cantons? Did Turkey veto that more sensible plan?

And why is our NATO ally Turkey now bombing Kurds in both South Kurdistan (fka Iraq) and West Kurdistan (fka Syria)? Obama has clearly agreed to it. They wouldn’t be flying in areas of active US combat missions without discussing it first. Sa, with BO’s permission, Turkey is bombing the people we are flying air support for. The only people who are bveating ISIS in combat.

The whole thing is just unbelievable.

forest on August 6, 2015 at 7:36 PM

Bay. Of. Pigs.

xuyee on August 6, 2015 at 7:37 PM

Our grand effort to roll back ISIS there and eventually unseat Assad started a month ago with roughly 60 — no typo — fighters composing a group known as Division 30.

DogEater used even more manpower than that to defeat the Ebolans …

ShainS on August 6, 2015 at 7:39 PM

I’m surprised that Obama didn’t arm each one with a nuke. It would have saved himself a lot of effort.

Pegcity on August 6, 2015 at 7:43 PM

Is there no sh!tcake this dim bulb can’t bake?

BlaxPac on August 6, 2015 at 7:48 PM

This news was released on the day of the GOP debates. Will be old news by Monday.

faraway on August 6, 2015 at 7:48 PM

I guess 60 iPods with Obama speeches was not enough incentive to possibly get beheaded.

faraway on August 6, 2015 at 7:49 PM

Fiasco: U.S.-trained rebels in Syria are unaccounted for, may have been killed or deserted

Keep an eye on the beaches of the Indian ocean..

Something might be washed ashore….

-CNN

Electrongod on August 6, 2015 at 7:52 PM

Keep an eye on the beaches of the Indian ocean..

Something might be washed ashore….

-CNN

Electrongod on August 6, 2015 at 7:52 PM

If so, they’ll be missing a few parts as well.

Like heads, for instance.

BlaxPac on August 6, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Bay. Of. Pigs.

xuyee on August 6, 2015 at 7:37 PM

Far worse.

Far more craven. Far more deliberate. Far more intended to enable our enemies.

Athos on August 6, 2015 at 7:58 PM

“That is exactly what we are talking about doing – unbelievably small, limited kind of effort.”…..John Kerry

What’s the problem? Mission accomplished!

patechinois on August 6, 2015 at 7:59 PM

Any word on those, ahem, Iranian hostages? How many days is that now?

faraway on August 6, 2015 at 8:02 PM

Just in?
This story is about two weeks old.

They took their training and their U.S. supplied weapons and any intel they could gather and ran to join their Jihadi brothers….

Just like 0bama, Kerry, Carter and McCain intended.

LegendHasIt on August 6, 2015 at 8:17 PM

Has Obama ever done anything to help the U.S.? It looks like he is doing everything in his power to make us weaker. If he was just stupid then after a while he’d do something right. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.

Herb on August 6, 2015 at 8:20 PM

The whole thing is just unbelievable.

forest on August 6, 2015 at 7:36 PM

The stories from Onion get traction on national news because they are less outrageous than reality.

AesopFan on August 6, 2015 at 8:27 PM

And why is our NATO ally Turkey now bombing Kurds in both South Kurdistan (fka Iraq) and West Kurdistan (fka Syria)? Obama has clearly agreed to it. They wouldn’t be flying in areas of active US combat missions without discussing it first. Sa, with BO’s permission, Turkey is bombing the people we are flying air support for. The only people who are bveating ISIS in combat.

The whole thing is just unbelievable.

forest on August 6, 2015 at 7:36 PM

It really is…it is Twilight Zone stuff. The Kurds are the only legit potential ally (heck even semi-ally) that we have in that part of the world. The rest are either outright hostile toward us, or lying back stabbers of the first order. Oh I forgot Israel, Jordan, and Egypt but we are not exactly helping them either so there is that.

I am convinced that before Obama leaves office American forces on one side will end up fighting American forces on the other in Syria and Iraq.

William Eaton on August 6, 2015 at 8:27 PM

King Barack is consistent. Everything he touches turns to shit.

GarandFan on August 6, 2015 at 8:31 PM

Get me James Taylor on the phone. Stat!

– Lurch

pain train on August 6, 2015 at 8:36 PM

The Dirty Dozen lasted longer than the Sixty Syrians.

Bertram Cabot Jr. on August 6, 2015 at 8:36 PM

Barack “Commander” Obama :

“If I had an army, it would look like the Syrian rebels.”

What a dork.

MichaelGabriel on August 6, 2015 at 9:00 PM

C’mon, guys. It’s not how many men you have, or how strong your army is.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: ” Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated by better ideas and more attractive and more compelling vision. So the United States will continue to do our part by continuing to counter ISIL’s hateful propaganda, especially online.”

#bringbackourguys

bobthm3 on August 6, 2015 at 10:03 PM

Weren’t there supposed to be something more along the line of 5,000 fighters to “degrade and ultimately defeat” ISIS?
60?
WTF

B4B on August 6, 2015 at 11:53 PM

nothing short of an embarrassment

Pretty much sums up Obama’s “leadership” / presidency.

Oxymoron on August 7, 2015 at 1:08 AM

This is the folly of “No boots on the ground”. Deash will continue to gain ground and BOTH Syria and Bagdad will fall to them as long as we don’t have anyone over there to stop them. Our training mission is a complete and utter failure. We can’t wipe them out it just not going to happen, however we must hit them hard enough to stop their momentum on the battlefield. But Obama is not going to do that so America will be in a dire situation when the next person occupies the white house.

falcaner on August 7, 2015 at 9:37 AM

It’s a victory by Obama’s accounting.

Turning tail, capitulation, and/or a negotiated surrender appears to meet the military or diplomatic ‘success’ criteria for the spin of this current administration.

Add annihilation of the fighters to the list, to cover this instance.

s1im on August 7, 2015 at 11:10 AM

All is progressing as I have foreseen.

King Hussein Putt will have accomplished all his Dreams of My Father, along with Franklin Marshall Davis, Bill Ayers and many others dating back to Alger Hiss within the next 530 days.

Keep watching TROOLS it will be orgasmic.

Missilengr on August 7, 2015 at 12:52 PM

The Obama doctrine: Never let cannon fodder go to waste. This is also why we shouldn’t be arming the rebels in Ukraine, which was supported by most at the debate.

WestVirginiaRebel on August 7, 2015 at 1:46 PM