The US's train and equip program has been hit hard with criticism in recent weeks, but the memes blasting it from Moscow are new this week.
Posts from the official Twitter handle of the Russian Embassy in the UAE Monday morning have been making rounds on the Twitter sphere ever since. Five years in, Syria's war is a dense web of competing groups and their foreign allies, a mess only made more complex by Russia's warplane entrance last week.
Nonetheless, the embassy handle found something to poke fun at by suggesting all the groups backed by Western powers like the US are the same.
Find the right #Syrian rebel to arm - non-trivial task to start your day with | #Syria #سوريا #ISIL #Nusra #داعش pic.twitter.com/Gc60dVAn7D— Russian Embassy, UAE (@RusEmbassyUAE) October 5, 2015
It's a pretty politicized oversimplification of the conflict's whole, but the criticism is not new. The $500 million dollar program has been flush with problems for a long time.
The most recent embarassment came when the latest batch of US-trained rebels who crossed into Turkey last month almost immiediately handed over a bulk of fresh American arms to Syria's al-Qaeda wing Nusra Front. Before that, US State Department statements blundered the number of Syrian trainees. And that's just a few of the slip ups.
It's also not the first time Russian embassies have trolled other governments. Last month, Moscow's embassy to the UK made a jab at British Prime Minister David Cameron after he quipped about freshly elected Labor Party representative Jeremy Corbyn being a threat to national security.
We'll leave you with that gem below.
Just imagine UK media headlines if Russian President called a leading opposition party threat to national security? pic.twitter.com/XmRNUhrTC8— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) September 14, 2015
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