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Syrian Opposition Forces Feel Let Down by Obama

syriaBEIRUT (AP) — As diplomats try to negotiate an agreement to disarm Damascus of its chemical weapons, Syrian opposition forces are feeling let down and more divided than ever because of President Barack Obama’s decision to seek a diplomatic path.

Many rebels had held out hopes that U.S.-led strikes on President Bashar Assad’s government would help tip the scales as the two sides faced a deadly stalemate. Now they say America has indirectly given the embattled leader a second wind as a statesman negotiating with world powers.

Mohammad Joud, an opposition fighter in the war-shattered northern city of Aleppo, said via Skype that he always knew they were alone, “but thanks to Obama’s shameful conduct, others are waking up to this reality as well.”

Rebels who have fought for 2 1/2 years to topple Assad say the U.S. has repeatedly reneged on promises to assist their rebellion. In June, Obama announced he would provide lethal aid to the rebels, but so far none of that assistance has gotten to the opposition and the Syrian leader’s forces have gained the advantage.

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  • kobekhan

    Copied from the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize statement….Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts….But Heck he got some cash and a nice Medal out of it!

  • tiredofthemedia

    Oh I’m so sad that they are disappointed in us, yea right. screw you who cares. Fight your own battles.

  • alpinequeen

    They’re getting free weapons from the CIA, what else do they want?