Washington: Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that the United States is backing militants from al Qaeda to help the Syrian opposition in its efforts to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
During an interview aired on Russian television, Putin asserted that ‘some people want to use militants from al Qaeda... to accomplish their goals in Syria.’
According to ABC News, in a loosely veiled dig at the US support for Syria`s opposition, Putin argued, ‘in that case, one should unlock Guantanamo, arm all of its inmates and bring them to Syria to do the fighting’.
Putin did not elaborate, but he implied that America, the West, and their allies in the Middle East are backing violent Islamic extremists in Syria.
Some militants suspected to be from al Qaeda have reportedly joined the armed Syrian rebel groups.
According to the report, some of those men could be eager to establish a fundamentalist Islamic state in Syria after the fall of Assad’s regime.