Pentagon Seeks $300 Million in Weapons for 65,000 US-Backed Forces in Syria

(ANTIWAR.COM) — While US “relief funds” are frozen in Syria, the Pentagon continues to seek massive amounts of funding for its military operations in the country. This includes a request for $300 million in weapons to give to “partner forces” in Syria.

This amounts to enough arms for 65,000 fighters. This is expected to center on the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is to say, almost entirely the Kurdish YPG. The US has been arming the YPG for years now as part of its Syria operations.

This is being sought in spite of repeated US assurances to Turkey that their arming of the YPG was temporary. With ISIS virtually wiped out in Syria, the YPG no longer has offensive goals fitting into US plans for Syria, and rather is focused chiefly on fighting a Turkish invasion of northern Syria.

The $300 million in arms also comes with $250 million in “border security” funding for Syria. Both are going into the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), which Pentagon officials can easily shuffle around to spend on virtually anything.

While couched as “Counter-ISIS” funding, the funding looks more likely to be backing the YPG in fighting Turkey. While the US is unlikely to fund fighting against another NATO ally, it may also be this is just another excuse to grow the OCO.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

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  • Hey, I don’t know if anyone will see this, but I am not sure if you have highlighted this, but although mentions of the “petrodollar” seems to have increased in the alt-media, I rarely see mentions of what the US promised the saudis in exchange for them pricing their oil sales in USD:

    “Under this new arrangement, any country that sought to purchase oil from Saudi Arabia would be required to first exchange their own national currency for U.S. dollars. In exchange for Saudi Arabia’s willingness to denominate their oil sales exclusively in U.S. dollars, the United States offered weapons and protection of their oil fields from neighboring nations, including Israel.”

    https://followthemoney.com/preparing-for-the-collapse-of-the-petrodollar-system-part-1/

    Also, ISIS’s specific strand of Islam is called “Wahhabism”, which they only have in common with these countries, according to wikipedia:

    Population

    One of the more detailed estimates of religious population in the Persian Gulf is by Mehrdad Izady who estimates, “using cultural and not confessional criteria”, approximately 4.56 million Wahhabis in the Persian Gulf region, about 4 million from Saudi Arabia, (mostly the Najd), and the rest coming overwhelmingly from the Emirates and Qatar.[21] Most Sunni Qataris are Wahhabis (46.9% of all Qataris)[21] and 44.8% of Emiratis are Wahhabis,[21] 5.7% of Bahrainis are Wahhabis, and 2.2% of Kuwaitis are Wahhabis.[21]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wahhabism#Population

    If this has been covered and I just haven’t noticed, feel free to ignore this, but beside the ordinary resource hunger/imperialist/dollar-collapse-avoiding/capitalism-sustaining motives (plus whatever influence AIPAC and “the greater Israel-plan has) I think this would at least go a long way towards explaining for instance the US-support for the horrible Saudi-led Yemen campaign and the potential clusterfuck which is ISIS.

    (Also Saudi Arabia’s massive funding of their strain of Islamist schools around the world. Islam isn’t necessarily terrible, but Wahhabism is pretty bad. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/26/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-islam.html )