Skip to comments.C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition
Posted on 06/21/2012 8:53:52 AM PDT by Seizethecarp
WASHINGTON A small number of C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers.
The C.I.A. officers have been in southern Turkey for several weeks, in part to help keep weapons out of the hands of fighters allied with Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, one senior American official said. The Obama administration has said it is not providing arms to the rebels, but it has also acknowledged that Syrias neighbors would do so.
By helping to vet rebel groups, American intelligence operatives in Turkey hope to learn more about a growing, changing opposition network inside of Syria and to establish new ties. C.I.A. officers are there and they are trying to make new sources and recruit people, said one Arab intelligence official who is briefed regularly by American counterparts.
American officials and retired C.I.A. officials said the administration was also weighing additional assistance to rebels, like providing satellite imagery and other detailed intelligence on Syrian troop locations and movements.
The administration is also considering whether to help the opposition set up a rudimentary intelligence service. But no decisions have been made on those measures or even more aggressive steps, like sending C.I.A. officers into Syria itself, they said.
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Regretably, the CIA was mostly taken over by liberal Ivy Leaguers many years ago. They are doing Obama’s will here, supplying weapons to Muslim fanatics and terrorists.
The Syrian government is not nice, and has often been our enemy, but the opposition is far worse.
In this case, Putin is more on the right side than we are, not that his intentions are good.
Actually it means that we are at war with Russia.
We have always been at war with Oceania.
I hate to side against the CIA, but you're right. They've been fiddling around where they don't belong and aiding the wrong sides ever since the Cold War ended. Maybe it's time to cut their funding along with the rest of the alphabet bureaus that need cutting.
Here's an idea, maybe the CIA could concentrate on muslim terrorists coming in from Mexico and to Detroit from Canada instead of giving al Queda freekin' weapons to use against Christians.
He made a reference to George Orwell’s novel, 1984.
I wonder how many CIA agents have died because of the NYT. That number, whatever it is, is about to rise again.
Pardon me I have to take a barack Obama.
I think we should be supplying both sides and then encouraging them to fight to the last man.
More? Ivory Coast, Somalia, looking for Kony in Uganda( He's dead jim), nothing in say Nigeria, bombing in Yemen and Somali this week, Obama's "kill List and UAV's killing alleged" top al-Qaeda" in Afghanistan, war is over in Afghanistan yet we are still having our soldiers killed,20 SEAL's murdered and no repurcusions AFTER they killed Osama( Obama spiked the football, Oh yeah Honduras...more??
I have no confidence, ZERO Confidence any organized group will get arms save the muslime B Hood filtered probably also to Hizbollah. meanwhile does not russia have veto power in the UN to STOP any American engagements in Syria?
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