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  • U.S. weapons reaching Syrian rebels

    09/11/2013 7:50:47 PM PDT · by John W · 70 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 11, 2013 | Ernesto Londoño and Greg Miller
    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...
  • Has Pentagon chief reversed his position on striking Syria?

    09/04/2013 8:49:43 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 47 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9/04/2013 | Anna Mulrine
    Gen. Martin Dempsey, the top Pentagon officer repeatedly warned against the costs and potential entanglements of military involvement in Syria. Now he's testifying on behalf of the White House. The nation's top military officer warned repeatedly in recent months that getting US military involved with Syria is a dangerous proposition... Did he change his mind or is he just doing the White House's bidding? In the past, he has made it clear that US military intervention could tip the balance of power in favor of Islamist rebels who don't necessarily have the interests of the United States at heart...