Details on US Aid to Syrian Rebels

John Glaser, June 19, 2012

Via Ali Gharib, what the Obama administration is providing the Syrian rebels:

  • LOGISTICS AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANCE – U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that “U.S. intelligence operatives and diplomats have stepped up their contacts with Syrian rebels in part to help organize their burgeoning military operations.” This includes helping with logistics and communications. The officials also told the Journal that the U.S. was considering providing intelligence to the opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces.
  • CONSULTING ON ARMS SALES – As in Libya, the U.S. is reportedly not directly involved in arming rebel forces. But that doesn’t mean — in either case — the U.S. is not involved at all. The New York Times reported last week that Syrian activists claimed the U.S. was “consulted” on arms deals where Saudi Arabia and Qatar paid for the Turks to make the transfers (U.S. officials said “they recognized that Syria’s neighbors would do so”).
  • GATHERING INTELLIGENCE ON REBELS – The Journal also noted that “stepped-up links with the FSA are also part of an effort to gain a better understanding of the rebels’ capabilities and of the identities” in a bid to split the FSA from extremist anti-government fighters. This is in line with an earlier report that the administration considered facilitating allies’ work to arm anti-government forces.
  • TECHNOLOGICAL AID AND TRAINING – Time Magazine reported last week that the administration ran a robust program of helping rebel communications not only among each other and allies, but also with the outside world. Those enraging videos of Assad’s foces shelling densely urban areas? Some of them are captured by rebels carrying guns in one hand and U.S.-provided cameras in the other, and uploaded to the web over satellite communications provided by the U.S. and operated with U.S. training.

This is at least what has been made public on US assistance to the Syrian opposition fighters. See here and here for some of why this aid is problematic and likely to exacerbate the conflict. Partly making up the rebels are elements of al-Qaeda and other Sunni extremists and UN reports have confirmed they have committed serious crimes and atrocities.




7 Responses to “Details on US Aid to Syrian Rebels”

  1. The nature of capitalism is based on lies, if the first lies don't work have a plan B for the another lie, if that dosen’t work then have a plan C which is a war but lie about it any way.

  2. I'm sorry to disillusion Antiwar.com, but this is the classic description of a traditional Covert Operation or Black Op., as in "It should not be obvious, but if it becomes obvious there should be Plausible Deniability".

    Namely –

    1) supply of arms but through cut-outs and other clients to avoid direct blame.

    2) supply intelligence and logistics to your paramilitaries

    3) supply training to said paramilitaries.

    This was last explained over Jugoslavia and the same thing was said.

    As to "gathering intelligence" over the nature of the assets and paramilitaries – this is farcical because of course if they are on the payroll they know who they are. The latest line in Britain as well is "some fundamentalists and Al Quada types have come along and complicated things" , which of course is on the level of a Goebbels-type lie, as the use of jihadists was fundamental to the operation and they are the para-militaries.

    Do they think we were born yesterday, but of course they do as it's been used so many times in the past and is the standard Antiwar.com line.

    Endorsing the official "Narrative" ensuree this continues and leads to an open attack on the victim country.

  3. a state within a state (of horse larger) Alawite & Sunni, Shite (ethnos-?) etc seem a pluraistic option over the rumoured fratracidal internal interdomestic “insurgeince” (rumoured) a state of nationalities need only the craft of a republics cellular integrity, alas, to globalist & corpotzoed agendas (rumoured) intents or motives concealed, iether emergent or dis-ingenious, Libya, Iraq , fratracidal civil division provoked and relentlessly antaganised or OR,,, federation actually operational, choice & consaquences, aka culpability and potential ally asset solicited, hmm, still the track record (rumoured-?) seems negligent ifnott malicously reckless, U break it, it may break ya, hows that for the evolution of the conquering worms best agility & responce, maybe besides being of the counter alligned block, the monarchs proxy is to peg a client by appeased peckings actually within at least half of eachs perferred orders, pecked, no reason, just bored insane bourgouisse cliques sociopathic & homocidal meeting thare medaterrianean neighbors

  4. The wars the USA are having are breaking us. If other major industrialized countries are either not involved in wars or only marginally involved they why are they in financial trouble too?

  5. "War Is A Racket" – Smedley Butler, 1935.

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