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A graphic video recently posted to YouTube appears to show Syrian
rebels forcing a child to behead an unarmed prisoner. The footage has
left many questioning whether foreign aid will end up in the hands of
Islamist extremists and terrorists.
The video shows
a child cutting a bound prisoner’s head off with a machete. Militants
then display the man’s severed head while chanting "Allahu Akbar," or
“God is great.”It’s the latest in a string of especially grisly
incidents, which have become more common in recent months. On Monday,
rebels killed 13 soldiers during an ambush of an army unit in a
strategic northern town, activists reported.Syrian warplanes later bombed the town, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
sides have played a role in the deaths of over 40,000 people since the
uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011.Secret supply operationAs the atrocities continue to build on Syrian soil, the US seems intent on supplying the rebels with weapons.
Washington is reportedly launching a covert operation to send weapons to the Syrian opposition for the very first time.
to diplomatic sources, the US will send mortars, rocket-propelled
grenades and anti-tank missiles to Syria through Middle Eastern
countries that are already supplying the rebels, The Sunday Times
reported.Many of the weapons, including SA-7 missiles, which can
shoot down planes, were purchased from the stockpiles of former Libyan
leader Muammar Gaddafi. The Times reports that the White House made the decision following reports of movements at Syria’s chemical weapons sites.
governments say they are ready to intervene in case of a chemical
threat, but Politics First editor Marcus Papadopoulos says those
statements require the international community to be on guard. “It
could be a pretext that the West – principally America – is using the
[chemical weapons threat] to intervene in Syria. I think Western
military intervention is probably not going to happen, but we should be
on guard. They did it in Kosovo, and they did it in Iraq and Libya,” he told RT. President
Barack Obama authorized undercover CIA support earlier this year, and
has placed special forces and intelligence officers on the ground in
Syria. However, the country has until now refused to provide arms to the
rebels.Last Month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for
a re-shaping of the Syrian opposition’s leadership, bringing the
formation of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and
Opposition Forces.The creation of the new group eased some worries that the weapons would fall into the wrong hands.
is scheduled to attend a Friends of Syria meeting in Morocco on
Wednesday, where the US is expected to recognize the group as the
legitimate representative of the Syrian people.However, the
Washington remains concerned about Jabhat-al-Nusra, a Syrian jihadi
group it plans to classify as a terrorist organization. Opposition
leaders say the group has been welcomed by the rebels because of its
financial and military contributions, and as such have urged the US to
delay the listing. http://rt.com/news/syria-weapons-opposition-us-746/
The allied relationship between the group and
the Syrian opposition forces has many worried that the weapons will be
used to carry out unnecessary violence. Syria’s opposition and
its Gulf backers are expected to press other Western governments for
supplies this week, arguing that significant progress has been made to
unify armed groups and bring them under control, the Financial Times
reported.Qatar and Saudi Arabia are currently the main suppliers
of military equipment to Syria’s armed opposition. However, diplomats
say rebels need greater amounts of arms – some of which must be provided
by Western countries.Britain, which recently pledged over $40
million in humanitarian aid to Syria, is expected to provide body armor
to the rebels, but has no plans to provide weapons. British Foreign
Secretary William Hague says the UK’s policy is to provide “non-lethal
assistance” to the opposition.
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