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Free Syrian Army Filmmaker: ISIS “Laughing” At Obama

Matthew VanDyke is an American documentary filmmaker who spent several months imbedded with and filming the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels fighting ISIS in the region.

VanDyke, who was friends with beheaded American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, told Fox News’s Shepard Smith that the moderate rebels in the FSA are “laughing” at President Obama’s plan to arm them against ISIS. VanDyke said they really “don’t take this seriously.”

“Syrians on the ground are surely laughing,” VanDyke said. ”My contacts in Syria don’t take this seriously. They’re very concerned. They don’t want to be fighting the Assad regime’s battles for them by only going after ISIS.”

VanDyke also said that forcing ISIS militants out of large areas of Syrian territory could create a “vacuum” that Assad’s forces would fill, leaving so-called moderate rebels vulnerable and ultimately powerless as a result. “When the administration announces that they intend to train 5,000 soldiers in Jordan, of the Free Syrian Army, to go and claim these territories, that figure doesn’t make any sense,” VanDyke said.

“It’s actually quite ridiculous, I’m not sure how the administration even expects people to believe it.”

VanDyke’s claims come just as Obama is taking a victory laps after he ordered dozens of air strikes last night, against ISIS in Syria.


Jerome Hudson

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Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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