We're Finally Sending Weapons to Syrian Rebels
CIA shipments have been entering country over last 2 weeks, rebels deny
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2013 10:07 PM CDT
Updated Sep 12, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, Free Syrian Army fighters clean their weapons and check ammunition at their base on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria.   (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra, File)

(Newser) – In mid-June, the US said it would send weapons to the Syrian rebels; after many weeks of delay (much to the recent consternation of Sen. Bob Corker and other lawmakers), we've apparently made good on the promise, at least according to US officials and "Syrian figures" who spoke to the Washington Post. The paper reports that weapons began arriving in the country roughly two weeks ago; they're being sent by the CIA, while the State Department is providing things like vehicles and high-tech communications devices. CNN similarly spoke with an unnamed US official who confirmed the delivery, but it reports that the Syrian National Coalition and the Free Syrian Army say they have gotten no such lethal aid thus far.

And while the Post's report says that aid is being directed toward the rebels fighting under Free Syrian Army Commander Gen. Salim Idriss, NPR's Steve Inskeep talked to Idriss this morning; he, too, says "no lethal materials" have arrived as of today. But the Post maintains that "light weaponry" is being sent, and spoke to an opposition official who seems to confirm this, describing the weapons they're receiving—which do not include the antitank and antiaircraft weapons that the rebels really want—as "better than nothing." The Post reports that the CIA's shipments are being routed through recently built "clandestine bases" in Turkey and Jordan.

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Sep 14, 2013 10:10 AM CDT
Reading the postings here is more fun than a barrel full of monkeys !
Sep 13, 2013 11:25 AM CDT
barack insane obomber must help his very best pals the savage muslims where ever they are with what ever they need to kill others with! hey barack insane obomber the world wants to know are you a sunni or a shiite muslim?
Sep 12, 2013 11:18 PM CDT
Well isn't that special. When they're done with their little civil war, they can use the weapons on us. I just read there are Illinois schools where the temperature goes to 95 degrees. They drape wet towels around the kids' necks to cool them off, because there's no money for central air conditioning. Nice. Glad to see we have our priorities in order.