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LIGNET's Ruth: Not Surprising ISIS Taking US Aid

By    |   Monday, 20 Oct 2014 05:42 PM

It's not surprising that Islamic State (ISIS) members are getting a hold of U.S. humanitarian aid being sent to Syria, says former CIA analyst Lisa Ruth.

"It's part of the war here," Ruth, a LIGNET analyst, told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint on Newsmax TV.

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"This can't be shocking to anybody," she contends. "This is why we didn't arm the moderate Syrian rebels way back, a year ago, two years ago. This is not surprising at all."

However, "it is a little bit concerning, the fact that we're dropping all these things in including weapons, including supplies and not only is ISIS controlling it, but that they're actually now charging fees also for their supplies to go through," she explained.

"We also have to keep in mind ISIS is different than any other group we've seen here," she said. "They're running this like a state. This is their country as far as they're concerned."

"They have set up road blocks," and charging fees for the goods "is just another way to make money, and they are doing it very, very well."

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According to Ruth, ISIS is "out maneuvering us . . . at every turn — whether it's in terms of getting their financing, controlling territory or now even getting weapons."

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