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  • Senators pledge 'full support' for 'decisive' military action in Syria

    06/18/2013 5:49:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 18, 2013 | Julian Pecquet
    Senators from both parties on Tuesday urged President Obama to immediately send weapons to the Syrian opposition and take out President Bashar Assad's air forces. Syria is at a “critical juncture” and the United States must do what it can to reverse Assad's recent gains on the ground, the chairmen of the Foreign Relations and Armed Forces panels, Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.), wrote in a letter to Obama along with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The senators pledged their “full support” if Obama takes “decisive military actions in Syria.” The lawmakers called on the president to send...
  • President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria

    06/15/2013 9:41:43 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 June 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    By authorizing the arming of Syrian rebels known to be led by members of al-Qaeda, is Obama violating the National Defense Authorization Act? President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria The New American 14 June 2013 President Obama has given the green light to the shipping of weapons from the United States to opposition forces in Syria. In a statement released by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, the White House claims that “our intelligence community assesses that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including the nerve agent sarin.” The Syrian...
  • White House rebuffed Clinton-Petraeus plan to arm Syrian rebels

    02/04/2013 5:39:03 PM PST · by haffast · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat, Feb 2, 2013 | Eric Beech
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A plan developed last summer by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus to arm and train Syrian rebels was rebuffed by the White House, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The United States has sent humanitarian aid to Syria but has declined requests for weapons by rebels fighting to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The White House rejected the Clinton-Petraeus proposal over concerns it could draw the United States into the Syrian conflict and the arms could fall into the wrong hands, the Times said, citing unnamed Obama administration...
  • Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A.

    03/25/2013 12:23:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2013 | By C. J. CHIVERS and ERIC SCHMITT
    With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders. The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and...
  • Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid

    03/25/2013 9:19:50 AM PDT · by haffast · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2013 | C. J. CHIVERS and ERIC SCHMITT
    With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders. The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and...
  • Iran to ‘deploy 4,000-strong force’ to Syria as US military set to stay in Jordan

    06/17/2013 1:33:30 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 23 replies
    RT ^ | 06/16/2013 | RT
    Iran will deploy 4,000 Revolutionary Guards to Syria to bolster Damascus against a mostly Sunni-led insurgency, media reported. Meanwhile, US F-16s and Patriots will stay in Jordan – speculatively, to help establish a no-fly zone to aid Syrian rebels. The deployment of the first several-thousand strong military contingent was reported by The Independent on Sunday who quoted Iranian sources tied to the state’s security apparatus. The sources said the move signals Iran’s intention to drastically step up its efforts to preserve the government of President Bashar Assad. The Islamic Republic’s heightened military commitment could reportedly extend to the opening up...
  • US troops on Syria border as Obama arms rebels

    06/14/2013 4:31:30 PM PDT · by mykroar · 137 replies
    The Times Middle East ^ | 6/14/2013 | The Times Middle East
    Three hundred US Marines have been deployed to northern Jordan to pave the way for the West to arm Syrian rebels. A Patriot anti-aircraft missile system, designed to protect Jordanian territory from attack by Assad missiles, has also been moved into the area.
  • Obama Supports Al Qaeda

    06/14/2013 2:55:52 AM PDT · by sr4402 · 16 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 6/13/2013 | Matt Drudge
    "Syrian 'rebels' pledge loyalty to Al-Qaeda...".... "WAR: USA TO PROVIDE MILITARY SUPPORT TO SYRIA 'REBELS'" !!!
  • President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria

    06/14/2013 4:13:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 46 replies
    The New American ^ | 6-14-2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. - Opinion/Editorial
    June 14, 2013 President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. ..... As The New American has chronicled since it was first proposed, the National Defense Authorization Act purportedly authorizes the president of the United States to deploy the armed forces to apprehend and indefinitely detain anyone suspected of providing support to terrorists. Section 1021 of the NDAA reads in relevant part:Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C.1541 note) includes the authority...
  • We probably would have said that Assad had crossed the “red line” even if we didn’t have evidence

    06/14/2013 9:59:19 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    An unusually damning Kinselyan gaffe, tucked away by Politico inside a story about how circumstances in Syria have supposedly forced Obama’s hand on intervention or something. You would think, in light of the endless criticism of Bush over Iraq, government officials would studiously avoid the impression that they’re using WMD claims as a pretext for intervening in a Middle Eastern country. But here we are: “The decision was ultimately driven by the discovery Assad used [chemical weapons] but there were a number of other factors in place that were also important,” conceded an administration official with direct knowledge of the...
  • How the Prime Minister [UK] and John Kerry ambushed nervous Obama to force him to arm Syrian rebels

    06/15/2013 11:31:09 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 June 2013 | SIMON WALTERS
    David Cameron and US Secretary of State John Kerry secretly ganged up to persuade a nervous Barack Obama to back Britain’s bid to arm Syrian rebels, it was revealed last night. The Prime Minister and Mr Kerry’s diplomatic ambush of President Obama succeeded when they won his support for a showdown with Russia’s Vladimir Putin – a key ally of Syria’s President Assad – when Mr Cameron hosts a G8 summit in Northern Ireland tomorrow. Obama’s surprise U-turn came 24 hours after Foreign Secretary William Hague slipped into Washington almost completely unnoticed to meet Mr Kerry. In recent weeks, while...
  • The US Finally Admits To Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels

    12/09/2012 7:59:32 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 71 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | Dec. 9, 2012 | Geoffrey Ingersoll and Michael Kelley
    Diplomatic sources told the Sunday Times that the U.S. "bought weapons from the stockpiles of Libya's former dictator Muammar Gaddafi." The heavy arms include mortars, rocket propelled grenades, anti-tank missiles and the controversial anti-aircraft heat-seeking SA-7 missiles, which are integral to countering Bashar Al-Assad's bombing campaign. The administration has said that the previously hidden CIA operation in Benghazi involved finding, repurchasing and destroying heavy weaponry looted from Libyan government arsenals, but in October we reported evidence indicating that U.S. agents — particularly murdered ambassador Chris Stevens — were at least aware of heavy weapons moving from Libya to jihadist Syrian...