Biden blames US allies in Middle East for rise of ISIS
Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014
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"Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria," he said, explaining that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were "so determined to take down Assad," that in a sense they started a "proxy Sunni-Shia war" by pouring "hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons" towards anyone who would fight against Assad. "And we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them," said Biden, thus disassociating the US from unleashing the civil war in Syria.
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