Removal of Assad first, then eliminating ISIS: U.S Senator Nelson


U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – Senator Bill Nelson, said that the United States should provide a consistent solution to the Syrian crisis and start arming the Free Syrian Army (FSA), stressing that the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) beheading of the Japanese hostage, Kenji Goto, was “not surprising”.

In an interview Sunday with CNN, Nelson, a member of the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Congress, said  that the U.S. administration should end the Syrian crisis by helping FSA rebels to eliminate the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, and then concentrate on eliminating the IS extremist group.

He explained that President Obama’s strategy to eliminate IS in Iraq may be successful, but it is very difficult to succeed in Syria, due to the lack of adequately trained forces to fight the group there, calling at the same time for more effective contribution by the U.S. administration for the monitoring of the group in Syria by sending special forces. 

The U.S. Senator added that the situation in Syria is very complex because the plan of arming and training the moderate rebels includes only a few hundred fighters, who bear the responsibility of fighting the Islamic state, while they fight the Syrian regime’s army, and the allied Shiite militias all at the same time.

He stressed that the United States should provide qualitative weapons to the moderate opposition forces to be able to change balance of the battle on the ground, and that it should seriously work to remove Bashar al-Assad from power.

Thus, the Islamic State would be the only party the United States would combat, for it (IS) is now considered the biggest threat to the security of the United States, according to Nelson.

Noteworthy, the American trainers have begun to reach the region as announced by the U.S. Department of Defense last week to begin preliminary preparations for military training of the Syrian opposition.


Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser

Source: ARA News

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