Theodore's World: CIA Begins Delivering Weapons To Syrian Rebels (al-Qaeda ??)

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September 12, 2013

CIA Begins Delivering Weapons To Syrian Rebels (al-Qaeda ??)

CIA Begins Delivering Weapons To Syrian Rebels (al-Qaeda ??)

Washington Post

The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.

The arms shipments, which are limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked, began arriving in Syria at a moment of heightened tensions over threats by President Obama to order missile strikes to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons in a deadly attack near Damascus last month.

The arms are being delivered as the United States is also shipping new types of nonlethal gear to rebels. That aid includes vehicles, sophisticated communications equipment and advanced combat medical kits.

U.S. officials hope that, taken together, the weapons and gear will boost the profile and prowess of rebel fighters in a conflict that started about 21 / 2 years ago.

Although the Obama administration signaled months ago that it would increase aid to Syrian rebels, the efforts have lagged because of the logistical challenges involved in delivering equipment in a war zone and officials’ fears that any assistance could wind up in the hands of jihadists. Secretary of State John F. Kerry had promised in April that the nonlethal aid would start flowing “in a matter of weeks.” [...]

While the State Department is coordinating nonlethal aid, the CIA is overseeing the delivery of weaponry and other lethal equipment to the rebels. An opposition official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss covert arms transfers, said U.S. intelligence personnel have begun delivering long-promised light weapons and ammunition to rebel groups in the past couple of weeks.

The weaponry “doesn’t solve all the needs the guys have, but it’s better than nothing,” the opposition official said. He added that Washington remains reluctant to give the rebels what they most desire: antitank and antiaircraft weapons.

Wild Thing's comment.................

We need those weapons; not our damned enemy!

I wonder how many Israeli planes/copters and American planes/copters are going to be shot down now with those Stinger Missiles we just handed to al-Qaeda for the asking.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 12, 2013 12:55 AM


The arms shipments, which are limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked.

Now, how in the world are they going to track them? Did they plant GPS devices on them? Maybe they're going to have the rebels register them? Light weapons and munitions that can be tracked? That is the most stupid ignorant thing I've heard in a while.

Posted by: bobf at September 12, 2013 08:54 AM

Bingo! That stupid statement caught my eye also Bob. I guess that means we will know after the fact if one of our "gited" weapons is ever used against us. obama, of course, is arming the most wrong side.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at September 12, 2013 10:56 AM

...we are going to "track" the weapons? Shades of "Fast and Furious". What will they say when one of our personnel in Afghanistan or Iraq is hit with one of there "tracked " weapons. Also, I thought that we were going to hold off becoming involved and follow the "Putin Plan"?

Posted by: Willy at September 12, 2013 11:29 AM