Tensions and frustrations were high as the United States said it would send forces into Northern Syria to fight Islamic State.
The frustrationcame from the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the Syrian National Coalition and Sunni Arab rebels attempting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The groups say they are upset with the U.S. government’s lack of communication with them. The U.S. announced it would send military special forces – fewer than 50 of them – to Syria to fight against Islamic State.
Rebel commanders with the FSA say they were not told of the U.S. decision. A top FSA commander told VOA in an emailthat “I don’t have any idea about the sending of U.S. soldiers to Syria.”
FSA leaders said they learned of the U.S.’s plans from reporters after the news was announced in Washington, D.C.
The Syrian National Coalition also complained of the U.S. strategy in Syria. SNC vice-president Nagham al-Ghadri said “from the beginning of the revolution until now, there is always an excuse why the U.S. is not supporting us more.”
Al-Ghadri said the main goal in Syria should be getting rid of Assad. She said “ISIS will be easy to get rid of when Assad is removed. Our to-do list is: No. 1, [against] the regime and to get rid of Assad and No. 2, ISIS.”
Other Syrian factionswere upset when the Americans said the Kurdish YPG – an offshoot of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) – is its most trusted partner on the ground in Syria.
The U.S. has increased arms supplies to FSA. But FSA is upset at the U.S. for not supplying anti-aircraft missiles.
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frustration – n.a feeling of anger or annoyance caused by being unable to do something
e-mail – n.a system for sending messages from one computer to another computer
factions – n.a group within a larger group that has different ideas and opinions than the rest of the group