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July 18, 2013
While there are ups and downs on the battlefield and changes in momentum, the fact is, Bashar al-Assad will never again rule Syria in the way that he did before.
Jay Carney • Discussing the ongoing civil war in Syria, which has seen opposition forces lose quite a bit of ground in recent months as Hezbollah fighters took up arms alongside those still loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, Syrian rebels also say they continue to await an arms shipment that was promised to them by the United States more than a month ago. source
17:54 // 1 year ago
June 22, 2013

latimes:

Exclusive: U.S. has secretly provided training to Syrian rebels

Since late last year, CIA and U.S. operatives have been providing support to Syrian rebels, particularly for anti-tank and anti-aircraft armaments. 

The two-week courses include training with Russian-designed 14.5-millimeter anti-tank rifles, anti-tank missiles, as well as 23-millimeter anti-aircraft weapons, according to a rebel commander in the Syrian province of Dara who helps oversee weapons acquisitions and who asked his name not be used because the program is secret.

The training marks another step in U.S. involvement in the grisly, ongoing civil war within Syria, preceding President Obama’s recent pledge to provide arms to rebel forces.

Read the full story over at World Now.

Photos: Ahmad Aboud, Daniel Leal-Olivas, Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images, Manu Brabo, Edlib News Network  / Associated Press

In its nascent stages the Syrian uprising was relatively easy to qualify in moral terms — Bashar al-Assad’s government has, after all, been one of intense repression, undemocratic intimidation, and showed through its violent response to free protest a deeply brutal ethos. However, as the uprising has descended into an all-out civil war, the distinction in brutality between the two sides has blurred somewhat, as international watchdogs have also condemned the rebellion forces (which include many al-Qaeda militants) for alleged war crimes.

15:02 // 1 year ago
June 5, 2013
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May 15, 2013
Without authorizing the use of force or additional spending, this legislation will begin to implement a more coherent U.S. strategy, both now and for the day after Assad, that is focused on trying to shift the momentum on the ground toward moderate opposition groups while also helping them build support within and outside Syria for a new government.
Sen. Bob Menendez • Commenting on a bill he introduced in the Senate last week that would create a $250 million transitional fund for the Syrian rebels and post-Assad government that would inevitably follow a toppling of the existing Syrian regime. While the bill may have found new life in the Senate, thanks to changes which earned the support of Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, we suspect the Obama Administration will have a harder time selling support of the Syrian opposition to the American people if rebel forces fail to prevent future war crimes like the cannibalism story making the rounds today. source
15:05 // 1 year ago