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AP sources: CIA delivering light weapons to Syria (Al-Qaeda)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:20 pm
by Brandon


WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has been delivering light machine guns and other small arms to Syrian rebels for several weeks, following President Barack Obama's decision to arm the rebels.

The agency has also arranged for the Syrian opposition to receive anti-tank weaponry like rocket-propelled grenades through a third party, presumably one of the Gulf countries that has been arming the rebels, a senior U.S. intelligence official and two former intelligence officials said Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly.

The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal first reported the lethal aid.

Top rebel commander Gen. Salim Idris told NPR on Thursday that rebels had received no such aid from the U.S. The CIA declined to comment.

The officials said the aid has been arriving for more than a month, much of it delivered through a third party, which could explain why the rebel commander Idris does not believe the U.S. directly delivered the aid. The officials said the aid is delivered to commanders who have been vetted by the CIA, and the path of the weaponry is tracked through trusted parties within the country — though eventually, once they're in the hands of fighters, the U.S. loses sight of where the weapons go.

The rebels continue to request sophisticated anti-aircraft weaponry to take out the Syrian regime's helicopters, but the officials said neither the U.S. nor Syria's neighboring countries, like Jordan or Israel, wants the rebels to have weaponry that may fall into the hands of the al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Nusra, or captured by Hezbollah fighters who are bolstering the Syrian army's effort.

The CIA program is classified as covert, which means it would be briefed to Congress's intelligence committees but not its defense committees. That explains why some senior lawmakers on the defense committees have complained the lethal aid was not arriving, two of the officials said.


yes and in a few months THESE SAME weapons will be used against what point will we learn about this area of the world..............

We can't afford white house tours, but we can afford to give weapons away to people who want to kill us.

Another Fast and Furious. Count the days until they're used to kill the first American soldier.

ASSAD represents NO THREAT to the U.S.........however the people we are arming has told us OVER AND OVER they intend to wipe us out ---- so why are we arming them????

Notice how the Russians sell weapons but the U.S. soaks the taxpayers to give the weapons away. By days end al Qaida will be murdering Christians in Syria with these new weapons, thanks to the CIA.

Proof we have been arming al Qaida, muslim brotherhood and the other 1200 terror groups active in Syria, when will "WE THE PEOPLE" hold our government accountable for their actions?

We are supplying weapons to rebels who may be killing Christians...really insanity reigns in our government...this is outrageous...the rebels are as vicious and nefarious as Assad...we should not be involved at all...period...

Tracking these weapons the same as the US government did those weapons giving to the Mexican drug cartels? That didn't work well at all.

the US government is willfully giving weapons to a declared US enemy.. how are these politicians not in prison for treason?

How come we supply fully Automatic AK-47's to 13 year old Syrian Children, but I can't get one here, and in NJ, I can only get a semi-auto one as long as it doesn't have AK in the model number?

In my opinion this government is out of touch with the american people........

Watch closely fellow Americans, they want to come and take your guns, while funding and arming our enemies. All with OUR tax dollars. This will not get better.

Disarm Americans and arm their enemies?

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the classified program publicly. When Snowden did this it was a crime!

In spite of the wishes of most Americans. Yep, this representative government sure is the best.
But, that's how America toppled so many governments in the Middle East without getting blamed.
They had the CIA do the dirty work.

What a slap in the face to all the soldiers that have fought and died fighting the war on terror.

Here Obama goes again! Expressing his willingness for guns as long as their not in the hands of law biding citizens of America. We'll see where this Fast and Furious goes.

I wonder if they demand background checks, application forms, a registration fee, and a 30 day wait to get their weapons? We give the killing machines of the world free weapons with no restraints, yet purchasing a handgun, a shotgun, or rifle is a major endeavor for sportsmen in the US.........we're feeding the hand that's killing Christians in other surrounding Syria.........Barry didn't mention this Tuesday night, did he?

on the anniversary of 9/11 and Benghazi... Obama is arming al qaeda...