US funded weapons finally reaching Syria rebels

It took several months but small arms that President Obama promised to send to Syrian rebels have finally begun to arrive. The Washington Post reports that in the last two weeks, non-US made weapons have been funneled by the CIA to rebel forces while the State Department has increased non-lethal aid that includes vehicles, sophisticated communications equipment and advanced combat medical kits. Although the Obama administration signaled months ago that it would increase aid to Syrian rebels, the efforts have lagged because of the logistical challenges involved in delivering equipment in a war zone and officials' fears that any assistance could wind up in the hands of jihadists. Secretary of State John F. Kerry had promised in April that the nonlethal aid would start flowing "in a matter of weeks." The delays prompted several senior U.S. lawmakers to chide the Obama administration for not moving more quickly to aid the Syrian opposition after promising lethal assistance in...(Read Full Post)