Russian president congratulates President al-Assad on Independence Day   Syrians celebrate Independence Day and army's victories   Mikdad: Syria is facing a war led by US and undemocratic powers    Assal al-Ward and Jaba’din residents hail army’s victories in both towns   Nine civilians killed, pupils injured of terrorist attacks on many areas     Syria condemns terrorist bombings in Nigeria    Russian food and medical supplies arrive in Lattakia
Last Update : Thursday, April 17, 2014- 12:05 PM -Damascus

Regional and International News>>NY Times Quoting Officials: Petraeus Deeply Involved in Supplying Gunmen in Syria

NY Times Quoting Officials: Petraeus Deeply Involved in Supplying Gunmen in Syria

Oct 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, (SANA) – U.S. officials and Middle Eastern diplomats said that US President Barak Obama and senior officials of his administration are aware that the arms flow from Saudi Arabia and Qatar to Syria arrives to the hands of hard-line "Islamic" jihadists.

In a news report published on Sunday under the title " Rebel Arms Flow Is Said to Benefit Jihadists in Syria," the newspaper said that according to classified assessments of the crisis in Syria submitted to U.S. officials, " the United States is providing intelligence and other support for shipments of secondhand light weapons like rifles and grenades into Syria, mainly orchestrated from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The shipments organized from Qatar, in particular, are largely going to hard-line Islamists".

The newspaper quoted officials of countries in the region as saying that director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David H. Petraeus has been deeply involved in trying to steer the supply effort. The newspaper added that one Middle Eastern diplomat who has dealt extensively with the C.I.A. on the issue said that Petraeus’s goal was to oversee the process of "vetting, and then shaping, an opposition that the U.S. thinks it can work with."

" According to American and Arab officials, the C.I.A. has sent officers to Turkey to help direct the aid, but the agency has been hampered by a lack of good intelligence about many rebel figures and factions," NY Times said.

The newspaper questioned the White House’s strategy of minimal and indirect intervention in Syria, adding that it is sowing the seeds of future insurgencies hostile to the United States.

"American officials have been trying to understand why hard-line Islamists have received the lion’s share of the arms shipped to the Syrian opposition through the shadowy pipeline with roots in Qatar, and, to a lesser degree, Saudi Arabia.

The officials, voicing frustration, say there is no central clearinghouse for the shipments, and no effective way of vetting the groups that ultimately receive them. Those problems were central concerns for Petraeus, when he traveled secretly to Turkey last month." The newspaper reported.

The newspaper quoted a Middle Eastern diplomat whose government has supported the Syrian gunmen as saying that his country’s political leadership was discouraged by the lack of organization and the ineffectiveness of the disjointed Syrian opposition movement. The disorganization is strengthening the hand of Islamic extremist groups in Syria, some with ties or affiliations with Al Qaeda.

"In several towns along the Turkey-Syria border, rebel commanders can be found seeking weapons and meeting with shadowy intermediaries, in a chaotic atmosphere where the true identities and affiliations of any party can be extremely difficult to ascertain. Moreover, the rebels often adapt their language and appearance in ways they hope will appeal to those distributing weapons.

For instance, many rebels have grown the long, scraggly beards favored by hard-line Salafi Muslims after hearing that Qatar was more inclined to give weapons to Islamists. The Saudis and Qataris are themselves relying on intermediaries — some of them Lebanese — who have struggled to make sense of the complex affiliations of the rebels they deal with." The newspaper concluded.

M. Nassr/ H. Sabbagh

Send this story to someone
  • /servers/worldpic/eng/140411010405.jpg

    Art exhibition in Sweida

  • /servers/worldpic/eng/140415110422.jpg

    Mortar shells fired on many schools in Damascus

  • /servers/worldpic/eng/140415110409.jpg

    Damascus on Tuesday 15, 4, 2014

  • /servers/worldpic/eng/140410080444.jpg

    Twin terrorist car explosions kill 25, injure 107 in Homs

Sold Purchase
British Pound 248.70 246.97
US - Dollar 148.62 147.73
Russian Rrubel 4.115 4.086
Saudi Rial 39.65 39.37
Swiss Frank 168.94 167.76
Euro 205.52 204.09
International Copyright © 2006-2011, SANA