Secretary of State John Kerry made the remarks on Friday July, 25 that the U.S. hopes to enlist what he called “moderate” Syrian militants – which the Obama administration has decided to equip with weapons and train – in the battle against militant extremists in neighboring Iraq.
Kerry was in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to meet with Syrian Opposition Coalition President Ahmad Jarba and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud separately, as Washington revealed new program to support so called “Syrian rebels” with $500 million as arms and training after President Obama requested that “help” from Congress to train and arm militants (most of them belong to alQaeda) fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
King Abdullah has requested greater support from US military to the so called Syrian rebels. In the same time, he announced that “all measures” should be taken to save his country from ISIS.
Terrorists from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or (ISIS) are spreading along Syria- Iraq’s border into and threatening to overwhelm the country. Over the past days, heavy battles have been underway between Iraqi armed forces and the ISIL terrorists, who have threatened to occupy Baghdad and other Iraqi cities.
So, Saudi Arabia is supporting terrorists outside the kingdom, but want to save the kingdom from them! Saudi Arabia borders most of Iraq’s southern region and Jordan, where many are concerned the militant group could next expand.
Lately, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq’s former national security advisor, revealed that all leaders of terrorist groups operating inside Iraq have come to the Iraq from foreign countries such as Saudi Arabia and Yemen, noting that Baghdad has managed to identify them.
Ahmad Jarba, leader of the Syrian National Coalition and also a friend to Saudi Arabia, welcomed the enormous US push to his forces, he said that “The situation is very grave and there are sectarian leaders ruling the country so we have to have greater efforts on the part of the US and regional powers to address the situation in Iraq.” Al-Jarba thanked Obama for requesting the $500 million, but said his men want even more foreign aid for their so-far unsuccessful effort to oust President Assad.
Jarba visited Washington in May to plead for arms, especially anti-aircraft missiles. “The borders between Iraq and Syria are practically open,” al-Jarba told Kerry. ISIL seized a key border crossing between Iraq and Syria weeks ago.