In spite of convincing evidence that the Syrians fighting against President Bashar al-Assad’s government have possession of — and used — sarin gas, President Barack Obama has officially given the nod for the United States to provide Syrian rebels — including the Islamists who have infiltrated their ranks — with small arms through the Central Intelligence Agency, according to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in an announcement on Saturday.
Hagel also mentioned that U.S. troops participating in military exercises with Jordan’s armed forces will allow fighter jets and a cache of Patriot missiles to remain in that Arab nation that borders Syria following the end of joint military exercises.
While President Barack Obama only consented to giving the rebels conventional small arms, Arizona’s Republican Sen. John McCain and other Congressional leaders are urging Obama to provide heavier arms and for the U.S. Air Force or Navy aircraft carrier planes to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria.
“The Pentagon made clear Saturday the detachment of missiles and F-16s was brought to Jordan as part an annual, multi-nation military exercise called Eager Lion and will remain there only at the request of the country leaders, when the exercise ends next week,” according to Fox News Channel stories on Sunday.
According to June 3 Examiner news story, a former police intelligence analyst said that despite the Obama Administration, lawmakers such as Sen. John McCain, and many U.S. news organizations ignoring the “trespasses of the Islamist-infiltrated Syrian rebel militia,” those who are closely following events unfolding in Syria are concerned over the use of WMD by the rebels.
In the Examiner news story earlier this month, it was reported that:
“Some American counterterrorism analysts believe President Barack Obama’s interest in capitalizing on the fear of chemical weapons is to encourage foreign intervention as occurred in Libya and Egypt. The goal is toppling the administration of President Bashar al-Assad and the Ba’ath Party by any means necessary.
“Over the course of the weekend, the SANA news agency reported that among the terrorists slain by the Assad forces were Khaled Othman, the leader of the so-called “Andan Oqla Battalion” terrorist group, Abdul-Min’em Dyab, the leader of the so-called “al-Mout Battalion” terrorist group, Abdul-Hadi Meznazi, the leader of the so-called “al-Ansar and al-Sharia ” terrorist group which is affiliated to Jabhet al-Nusra, Abdul-Rahman Barakat, the leader of the so-called “al-Tasleeh battalion” terrorist group, Mohammad al-Hara, Mohammad Sweif, Mustafa Ziad, Tareq Rahmoun and Khaled Ja’moor.
“On Monday, May 31, Turkish security forces also reported that they discovered a cylinder containing sarin gas when searching the homes of Syrian militants from the al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front who were previously detained, the Turkish media reported. The gas was reportedly going to be used in a bomb.