The U.S.-backed “rebels” attempting to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are being told by President Obama that they will have to wait until after the November presidential elections to start receiving the arms and intelligence they need to topple the Assad regime.
Lobbyists for the Syrian opposition made the rounds in Washington recently trying to grease the skids for a transfer of heavy duty American ordnance to the forces battling government forces in Syria. Reportedly, the lobbyists sought a supply of American anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.
According to reports published by The Telegraph (U.K.), “the Syrian Support Group (SSG), the political wing of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), recently presented American officials with a document requesting 1,000 RPG-29 anti-tank missiles, 500 SAM-7 rockets, 750 23mm machine guns as well as body armour and secure satellite phones.”
Additionally, the lobbyists had their hands out asking Congress for $6 million to pay the Syrian “freedom fighters.” For now, the lobbyists went away empty handed.
Everything is not all bad for this “rebel army,” however. As The New American’s Alex Newman reported this week, those supporting the Syrian opposition are well-heeled and well-connected at the highest level of global finance and government. Newman writes:
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Photo: This citizen journalism image taken on June 18, 2012 and provided by the Rebels Battalion of Baba Amro purports to show Syrian rebels holding their weapons as they prepare to fight against Syrian troops, in Homs province: AP Images