The Obama Administration has indicated part of the plan to "degrade and destroy ISIS" may be arming "moderate" Syrian rebels to fight against both ISIS and the Assad regime. Senator John McCain was very vocal last year about the need to arm the rebels to fight against the Assad regime and "more radical" groups in the area.
In an odd turn of events, the "moderate" Syrian rebels have reportedly reached an ceasefire agreement with ISIS this past Friday, according to a group that has monitored Syria's civil war. The agreement includes a non-aggression pact in which they will refrain from attacking one another.
The terms of the deal mean, "the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri (Assad) regime," Agence France-Presse reported.
The White House has called for Congress to authorize funding to supply the Syrian rebels with better weapons and training. Some lawmakers have reportedly expressed concern that the opposition groups could not be trusted and contend the weapons and training the United States supplies could very well be used against the U.S. The vote in the house was much closer than many anticipated.
The House of Representatives delayed the vote of a short-term spending bill last week after the White House asked Republicans to attach authorization, to arm and train the rebels, to the bill. The Legislature voted on a separate bill this week that authorized the Obama Administration to arm and train the Syrian rebels.
The spokesman for the family of beheaded journalist, Steven Sotloff, claim these "moderate" rebels captured and sold Sotloff to ISIS. ISIS has released three beheading videos within the last month and has offered these videos as a "warning to America and it's allies."
Is arming the so-called "moderate" Syrian rebels the right thing to do? I guess they would have a hard time "destroying and degrading" ISIS since they have agreed to a cease-fire with the radical terrorist group?
Update: This article has been updated as of 9/19/14 to reflect the Legislature approving funding to train and equip the Free Syrian Army.
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