Tuesday, September 1, 2015
US should use al-Qaida forces to defeat ISIS, former CIA chief David Petraeus reportedly says.
US should use al-Qaida forces to defeat ISIS, former CIA chief David Petraeus reportedly says.(JPost)
Fourteen years after al-Qaida's September 11 attacks on the US, retired US army general and former Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus has been advocating the use of moderate members of al-Qaida's branch in Syria in order to fight ISIS, The Daily Beast reported on Tuesday.
Petraeus, the former commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been "quietly urging US officials" to consider aligning with the so-called moderate members of Nusra Front in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast.
Petraeus reportedly advocates "trying to cleave off less extreme Nusra fighters, who are battling ISIS in Syria, but who joined with Nusra because of their shared goal of overthrowing Syrian President Bashar Assad," according to those familiar with the general's thinking.
Christopher Harmer, a senior naval analyst with the Middle East Security Project at the Washington, DC-based Institute for the Study of War, told The Daily Beast that Petraeus's recommendation is "an acknowledgment that the US stated goal to degrade and destroy ISIS is not working."
"If it were, we would not be talking to these not quite foreign terrorist groups,” Harmer said.
“Strategically, it is desperate,” he added. Hmmm.....I've got news....they already do thanks to Turkey, Qatar and the Obama 'admin'.Read the full story here.