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President Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels

President Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said.

 

Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.

 

This and other developments signal a shift toward growing, albeit still circumscribed, support for Assad’s armed opponents - a shift that intensified following last month’s failure of the U.N. Security Council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Damascus government.

 

The White House is for now apparently stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons, even as some U.S. allies do just that.

 

But U.S. and European officials have said that there have been noticeable improvements in the coherence and effectiveness of Syrian rebel groups in the past few weeks. That represents a significant change in assessments of the rebels by Western officials, who previously characterized Assad’s opponents as a disorganized, almost chaotic, rabble.

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Syrian Rebels’ DIY Armored Trucks

Syrian Rebels’ DIY Armored Trucks | "Asian Spring" | Scoop.it
How do Syrian rebels shuttle around their cities when government snipers are quick to fire on anything that moves? They simply hop in the beast shown above, ride through a hail of government bullets and take out said snipers.

 

he photo above shows a Suzuki pickup that’s been converted into a gasoline-powered turtle armed with a DSHK machine gun. Apparently, the Turtle (we’re giving it that nickname, right here, right now, even though the rebels call it the T-HOMS75) carries a driver, a gunner and an asissistant and can hit speeds of up to 49 mph while protecting its occupants from light and medium caliber bullets.


Speaking of Syrian rebels, click here to see their latest flamethrower and click through the jump to watch a video of them using a different armed Suzuki pickup to shoot at a government Mi-8 helicopter.

 

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