The government asked several journalists to stay quiet,
"We had a lot of conversations and that’s a reflection of how seriously we took it. These decisions are made not by me and not by Adam. These decisions are made by the best most experienced editors in our company."
11:04 // 8 months ago
The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending months of delay in lethal aid that had been promised by the Obama administration, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear — a flow of material that marks a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war.
The arms shipments, which are limited to light weapons and other munitions that can be tracked, began arriving in Syria at a moment of heightened tensions over threats by President Obama to order missile strikes to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons in a deadly attack near Damascus last month.
The arms are being delivered as the United States is also shipping new types of nonlethal gear to rebels. That aid includes vehicles, sophisticated communications equipment and advanced combat medical kits.
The supplies were originally promised back in April; however, the United States delayed delivery in recent months while the UN investigated a number of atrocities being reported by both the Syrian government and opposition fighters.
15:13 // 11 months ago
The CIA could begin shipping arms to Syria in the coming weeks, after two US congressional panels cleared the way for the controversial transfer of weapons.
The White House announced in June that it would provide limited military support for vetted rebel groups, which have recently been struggling in their campaign against President Bashar al-Assad.
Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees have expressed concerns that arms could end up in the hands of Islamist militants fighting in the region – or not do enough to tip the balance in the civil war.
While the Obama Administration remains opposed to military intervention in Syria, many White House officials have apparently been working to convince influential members of Congress to back the decision to provide weapons to the Syrian opposition. Delivery of the weapons was expected several weeks ago; however, there’s been no official word on a cause for the delay at this time.
20:59 // 1 year ago