Associated Press rapporterar den 11 februari 2014:
President Barack Obama’s intelligence chief says more U.S. training and equipment for Syria’s moderate rebels could boost the fight against the Assad government.
Wall Street Journal rapporterar den 14 februari:
Saudi Arabia has offered to give the opposition for the first time Chinese man-portable air defense systems, or Manpads, and antitank guided missiles from Russia, according to an Arab diplomat and several opposition figures with knowledge of the efforts. Saudi officials couldn’t be reached to comment.
The U.S. for its part has stepped up financial support, handing over millions of dollars in new aid to pay fighters’ salaries, said rebel commanders who received some of the money. The U.S. wouldn’t comment on any payments.
Rebel leaders say they met with U.S. and Saudi intelligence agents, among others, in Jordan on Jan. 30 as the first round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva came to a close. That is when wealthy Gulf States offered the more sophisticated weapons.
The weapons will flow across the border into southern Syria from the warehouses in Jordan and across the northern border from Turkey, the Western diplomat said.
Rebels said the U.S. spent $3 million on salaries of fighters in the Southern Front, delivering the payments in cash over two meetings in Jordan—one on Jan. 30 and the other late last year.
The opposition will also ask Congress next week for weapons to help rebels fight al Qaeda. That mandate would give the opposition a better shot at securing arms than previous requests for support to topple the regime.
Reuters rapporterar den 18 februari 2014:
The United States still believes that diplomacy is the best way to end the civil war in Syria but all options were being considered, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday, after a second round of peace negotiations broke up in Geneva over the weekend without making progress.
USA skänker miljontals dollar till rebellerna samt hjälper Saudiarabien att förse Islamist-grupper med tunga artillerivapen. På vilket sätt är detta en diplomatisk lösning till kriget i Syrien?