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US Weapon Delivery to Opposition to Escalate Syria Crisis

06.10.2015 11:08

Former chief of the US Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn claims that US arming Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles could lead to a further escalation of the conflict.

US arming Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles could lead to a further escalation of the conflict, former chief of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Michael Flynn said Monday.

The Washington Post reported Friday that US-backed opposition factions in Syria had asked Washington to supply them with anti-aircraft missiles, allegedly to defend their positions against Russian airstrikes. Moscow previously denied targeting political opposition groups, saying it struck specifically at Islamic States' targets.

"Delivery of US weapons to the Syrian opposition can lead to an escalation and that is the last thing we want to do," Flynn said.

He stressed that Washington does not want the Syrian crisis to aggravate through "escalation between two powerful nations like Russia and the United States."

The former US intelligence chief added he did not see any solid political movement with real leaders inside Syria who could rule the country politically and be respected internationally and at home. In his opinion, President Assad would, in the long run, step down.