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France, US arming Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft missiles – report

Published time: February 29, 2012 16:02
Edited time: March 01, 2012 06:15
Syrian soldiers, who have defected to join the Free Syrian Army. (Reuters / Ahmed Jadallah)

Syrian soldiers, who have defected to join the Free Syrian Army. (Reuters / Ahmed Jadallah)

A general in the opposition militia known as the Free Syria Army has told journalists that the rebels have received French and American military assistance, amid reports of worsening violence in the stricken nation.

­In Homs on Tuesday, a general claiming to be from the rebel group appeared on camera and told a journalist from Reuters news agency that “French and American assistance has reached us and is with us.” When asked to elaborate on the nature of the assistance he added, "We now have weapons and anti-aircraft missiles and, God willing, with all of that we will defeat Bashar [President Assad]."

The international community maintains it is committed to finding a political solution to the conflict and had rejected the idea of military intervention. However, there are growing suspicions that it has been supplying the opposition with weapons indirectly.   

This is not the first report of the US covertly supplying the opposition with arms. In December, FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds said she believed the US had been training the Syrian opposition in neighboring Turkey and supplying arms to the country from Incirlik military base close to the Turkish-Syrian border.

In addition, Qatar and Saudi Arabia reportedly held secret meetings to offer financial support to the Syrian rebels to buy weapons.

Political foot-dragging

Thus far the international community has been unable to reach agreement on a resolution to the Syrian conflict. At an emergency meeting called by the UN in Brussels on Tuesday, the Syrian ambassador accused the UN Security Council of purposely stalling and fueling the flames of terrorism in the country.

The UN has shown consistent support for the opposition movement, with both the Security Council and General Assembly repeatedly calling for the ouster of President Assad.

Comments (4)


Danny Hunt 20.04.2013 23:33


If you're interested here are two interesting reports about the Lockerbie bombings blamed on: Syria, Iran, and more before deciding to blame Gaddafi. The BBC documentary is very telling and absorbing.

The CIA etc of the USA are caught but nothing happens.


Danny Hunt 20.04.2013 23:25

It would seem that much of al Qaeda remains aided by the USA. I guess that some al Qaeda operatives/mercenari es are still backing the duplicity of the USA.

How much of al Qaeda is now the original al Qaeda used and abused by the USA as it was thinking it was helping to remove the Soviet invaders but was being used to extend the war in Afghanistan to increase the length of the war.

I guess this makes Jimmy Carter just another in the long line of war criminal presidents of the USA.


Danny Hunt 20.04.2013 23:18

Sherpa: Yes. And I note the sign on the Guantanamo Bay Detention and Torture Prison (USA) has a sign Camp Justice. And the suckers trust this buffoonery of the USA.

Expert s in propaganda with a population full of limited minds, for the most part.

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