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U.S. involved in sending weapons to Syrian rebels through Libya and Turkey

18.02.2013 13:52

Contrary to statements by U.S. officials, who claim they do not deliver weapons to militants in Syria, but deliver only assistance in the form of "non-lethal" means, there is growing evidence of the U.S. complicity in transfer of weapons to terrorists operating in Syria.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul said the statements by persons claiming that the U.S. is not involved in smuggling weapons to Syria, are false. He emphasized that there is reliable information in respect of consignments of weapons from Libya to Syria under U.S. control.

In an interview with U.S. television channel CNN the senator said he asked the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a question concerning the consignment by the U.S. from Libya via Turkey of weapons to Syrian rebels. And she said that a week before the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya a ship with lots of weapons was sent from the country, and the U.S. knew about it. A meeting was held with the captain of the ship, who told the U.S. representatives about weapons that had already been sent to the Syrian rebels, and a shoot-out between the militants because of weapons division.

According to Rand Paul, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens not only supervised the shipment of weapons to the Syrian opposition, but also recruited jihadists for the Syrian opposition.

Rand Paul confirmed that Syrian fighters for the most part are composed of members of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization and have a relationship with al-Qaeda. They are bearers of extremist ideas, and it is inadmissible for the U.S. to arm them. This is a threat to the people of Syria.

In turn, the head of the Pentagon, Leon Panetta, and the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey for the first time acknowledged that the United States Department of Defense supported the idea of arming the Syrian rebels.

During the hearings in the U.S. Senate, both commanders answered affirmatively to the U.S. Senator John McCain's question whether they supported recommendations on military supplies to the Syrian opposition armed groups, which were advanced in 2012 by the CIA and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and which were not authorized by the President Barack Obama.

Panetta explained: "There were certain factors that eventually led to the fact that the president decided that assistance must be non-military".

Rand Paul's statement on weapon transfers to Syrian rebels through Turkey and Libya shows that the non-military aid to the Syrian opposition served as an information camouflage for supplying militants with weapons through the U.S. intelligence channels via third countries.

In the light of the discovered facts, the CNN's report with reference to senior U.S. officials and diplomats acquires a different meaning stating that the United States and some European allies use of war contractors to train Syrian fighters how to ensure the safety of chemical weapons in Syria.

Is the requirement of "security assurance" only an information camouflage for teaching the Syrian opposition of chemical weapon handling skills for its subsequent use? Because you know, the U.S. administration has repeatedly stated that the use of weapons of mass destruction in Syria will become an occasion to start an armed intervention.

According to the CNN's report, the training takes place in Jordan and Turkey. Syrian opposition representatives are getting trained in methods of tracking and ensuring the security of arsenals. The course also contains the rules of handling chemical weapon. According to one source, some contractors are working in Syria to help the oppositionists to track important facilities.

The threat of chemical weapon use in Syria and its falling into the Islamists' hands might be simply prevented by termination of support with arms, and finances and the same rebels' diplomatic means, which has been done by the Western countries led by the U.S. and France since the start of the crisis in Syria. Teaching the persons who practice terrorism against government forces and civilians, of chemical weapon handling skills, will obviously serve other purposes other than security assurance.

Recall that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalla at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, accused the United States, France, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism. "They are forwarding money, weapons and fighters for terrorists, at the same time claiming to fight against terrorism all over the world," said Walid al-Moalla .

Also Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has repeatedly said of the United States relations with terrorists. "While the United States in any way supports the terrorists, it can be considered the extremists partner," said the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in an interview with German Erste TV channel. "With arms, money, or social or political support in the United Nations, - all is inextricably linked," he explained. "They provided the gangs with political protection in order to destabilize Syria. The U.S.A. is part of the conflict."

In the mean time, the weapon transfers to the opposition forces without proper authorization from the UN Security Council constitute interference in its internal affairs and the violation of international law.