Syria: funding an Islamist rebellion through theftJanuary 20, 2013
Free Syrian Army steals flour from Aleppo’s main warehouse
Al Qaeda seizes monopoly control of bread distribution
The BBC is reporting that flour heists by the FSA has led to long bread lines and volatile crowds at bakeries in Aleppo. Daily life in areas under FSA control is turning out to be a disaster for the locals. One FSA officer tells the reporter, “We are all thieves.”
Western foreign aid to Syria looks increasingly ill-considered. Take a listen to two minutes of the BBC’s report:
But the FSA’s corruption, greed, and accusations of “theft, looting and kidnapping for ransom,” aren’t the only problems. The BBC and NPR have also reported that al-Nusra Front, the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, has wrested control of flour distribution out of the hands of the FSA. This ensures that bakers and the hungry are loyal to Al Qaeda exclusively rather than corrupt “moderates” of the FSA.
Either way, the Syrian flour situation is a recipe for disaster.