Confirming everything that has been posted here for oh so long (15 months and counting)
Validation and confirmation weren't necessary. It was obvious. So interesting to see the underhandedness and covert involvement of the US finally seeing the light of day. Sort of. As you will read there is still plenty of obfuscation. Still no mention of Israel's involvement? Why?
C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition
A small number (or maybe a large number?) of CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers.
The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Muslim Brotherhood (terrorists) and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the officials said.
The C.I.A. officers have been in southern Turkey for several weeks, ( 50 weeks? 60 weeks? how many weeks is "several weeks") in part to help keep weapons out of the hands of fighters allied with Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, one senior American official said.
"in part to help keep weapons out of the hands of fighters allied with Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups"
I simply must make a separate comment to that above nonsense.
How totally absurd!! How utterly ridiculous. How preposterous! What a line of garbage!
How stupid does the NYT's think it readers are?
Is the CIA asking for ID? Are there Al Qaeda membership cards?
How would the CIA be certain?
That sentence is so blatantly an in your face LIE!! Would anyone actually take that to be true?
The CIA is there to arm and train the destabilizers. That's it.
The Obama administration has said it is not providing arms to the rebels, but it has also acknowledged that Syria’s neighbors would do so. (More absurdity. The US provided the arms to the neighbours to supply the rebels) The clandestine intelligence-gathering ( intelligence gathering?)effort is the most detailed known instance of the limited American support for the military campaign against the Syrian government. It is also part of Washington’s attempt to increase the pressure on President Bashar al Assad of Syria
By helping to vet rebel groups, American intelligence operatives in Turkey hope to learn more about a growing, changing opposition network inside of Syria and to establish new ties. “C.I.A. officers are there and they are trying to make new sources and recruit people,” said one Arab intelligence official who is briefed regularly by American counterparts.
American officials and retired C.I.A. officials said the administration was also weighing additional assistance to rebels, like providing satellite imagery and other detailed intelligence on Syrian troop locations and movements.( Obviously the US has already been providing this service, so more baloney) The administration is also considering whether to help the opposition set up a rudimentary intelligence service. But no decisions have been made on those measures or even more aggressive steps, like sending C.I.A. officers into Syria itself, they said.
What actions undertaken in Syria are suggestive of the US already providing troop locations and movement info to the destabilizers?
You may have noticed a number of large hits on Syrian soldiers recently?
" the rebels overran six army checkpoints in the northern province of Idlib, killing scores of soldier, and mounted a series of ambushes close to the capital Damascus. There were reports of operations elsewhere in the country as well. The attacks killed at least 80 soldiers over the weekend alone"And targeted assassinations of high ranking military officials?
The large number of soldiers killed in ambushes and targeted assassinations should make clear to the average person that the rebels have had access to detailed intelligence on troop movements and locations for some time now.
Continuing on from NYT's
"What has changed since March is an influx of weapons and ammunition to the rebels. The increasingly fierce air and artillery assaults by the government are intended to counter improved coordination, tactics and weaponry among the opposition forces, according to members of the Syrian National Council and other activists."
Why make the above paragraph so large? Just making it is as easy to read as possible.
This paragraph makes very clear that the improved coordination, tactics and weaponry supplied to the destabilizers, via the NATO war machine, has increased the ferocity of the destabilization which has directly resulted in an increased response by the Syrian army.
Therefore, quite clearly, when Syria's Assad claims Syria is under attack, that is accurate, that is truth.
The Syrian army is defending the nation from attack. That is very clearly stated in that paragraph.
Turkish Army vehicles delivered antitank weaponry to the border, where it was then smuggled into Syria.(Despite Turkey's lie of offering 'humanitarian aid only)
“The rebels are starting to crack the code on how to take out tanks,” (With the US offering assistance to enable the rebels to do)
The State Department said Wednesday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton would meet with her Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, on the sidelines of a meeting of Asia-Pacific foreign ministers in St. Petersburg, Russia, next Thursday. The private talks are likely to focus, at least in part, on the crisis in Syria.
Some additional interesting reading: Syrian Dissidents Hit By Another Wave of Targeted Attacks