The decision announced by the US and UK today to suspend “non-lethal” support for rebels in northern Syria has been welcomed by George Galloway MP.
Fighters from the Islamic Front, a new rebel alliance, seized bases along the border with Turkey from the Western-backed Free Syrian Army. This prompted the US and UK to suspend aid including medicine, vehicles and communications equipment, although humanitarian aid will continue.
Speaking exclusively to the IAI today, Galloway welcomed the news, but issued a note of caution: "The bizarre love affair between Britain and Al Qaeda in Syria is over. But not before thousands of people were consumed."
In a lecture titled On Imperialism given at the HowTheLightGetsIn festival in May 2013, Galloway questioned Britain’s continued support of Syrian rebels, comparing them to “Islamic extremists” in Mali publicly opposed by the government.
Galloway also cited a document written by Robert Cooper, then Tony Blair’s chief aide, in which he advocated for a “new imperialism”. This was described by Galloway as colonialism “dressed up in the humanitarian intervention” and blamed for the “fanaticisation” of certain sections of the British Muslim community.