Syrian rebel chief on U.S. non-lethal aid: “The only thing we want is weapons”

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The Obama administration on Thursday announced it was giving an additional $60 million in assistance to the country’s political opposition and said that it would, for the first time, provide non-lethal aid directly to rebels battling to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

 United States is now providing over $76 million in assistance. (borrowed from China ???)   WHAT! while seniors are threatened because politicians stole the Social Security Trust. We again support Muslim extremists??)The move was announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at an international conference on Syria in Rome, and several European nations are expected in the coming days to take similar steps in working with the military wing of the opposition in order to ramp up pressure on Assad to step down and pave the way for a democratic transition. (WHAT!!!!!)

A number of Syrian opposition figures and fighters on the ground, however, expressed disappointment with the limited assistance.

Gen. Salim Idris, chief of staff of the Syrian opposition’s Supreme Military Council, said the modest package of aid to rebels — consisting of an undetermined amount of food rations and medical supplies — will not help them win against Assad’s forces who have superior air power.(MODEST!!!) We have to borrow it to give to muslim rebels . Remember how we helped the muslim Brotherhood evict our alli in Egypt.

Syria’s main rebel units, known together as the Free Syrian Army, regrouped in December under a unified Western-backed rebel command called the Supreme Military Council, following promises of more military assistance once a central council was in place.But the international community remains reluctant to send lethal weapons, fearing they may fall into the hands of extremists who have made inroads in some places in Syria

McCain said he appreciated Kerry’s efforts but that providing non-lethal aid isn’t going to “change the equation.””I was in a refugee camp, a woman was there, she said, ‘These children in this refugee camp, they will take revenge on those who refused to help them,'” said McCain.( WHAT!! Those who refuse!!! time to retire McCain you have become Jimmy Carter) “We are raising a generation of jihadists in these refugee camps in Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey.”

Announcing another $12 million aid, Carney said that “the United States is now providing over $76 million in assistance for food, water, medical supplies, clothing, hygiene kits, and other humanitarian relief to those most urgently in need.”

There are also reports that the U.S. is providing covert aid to the Syrian rebels.While details of an order signed by Obama earlier this year are unclear, Mark Hosenball of Reuters writes that the finding “broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.”

 

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