An increase in aid, including weapons, for the rebels fighting the Assad regime in Syria began a couple of weeks ago. It conicided with the US and UK planned military strikes against that country. Those who suspected the UK House of Commons vote was being hastily held as military action was imminent were right.
No matter what diplomacy is going on behind the scenes the US administration has committed itself to supporting the rebels, or as they like to call them the Free Syrian Army.
Along with weapons the rebels are now in receipt of vehicles, sophisticated communications equipment and advanced combat medical kits. In April US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed to increase weapons and non-lethal aid to the rebels but the effort stalled for many reasons. The timing of the current upsurge in supplies is highly significant.
The Washington Post reports: "Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who has pressed the Obama administration to do more to help the rebels, said he felt embarrassed when he met with Syrians along the Turkish border three weeks ago. “It was humiliating,” he said in an interview Wednesday night. “The president had announced that we would be providing lethal aid, and not a drop of it had begun. They were very short on ammunition, and the weapons had not begun to flow.” "
If military strikes are launched the supplies will enable the rebels to push forward.
If President Obama, and any allies prepared to sign up to military strikes, want to hit Assad now is the time. Posturing and procrastination will shift the balance in any potential confrontation.
Already western momentum is lost.
Is it the American President pushing for strikes though or are others pulling his strings? The military, Israel, the CIA and Arab leaders all appear to have a vested interest in striking Syria.
One thing is certain -- the bull about hitting Syria due to possible chemical weapons attacks on civilians by Assad is a false flag.
The agenda is much broader than that.
With a rebel army full of jihadists, foreigners, al Qaeda linked terrorists and Saudi death-row prisoners the Syrian people must fear them as much, if not more than Assad and his forces.
Although a US official told the Washington Post that CIA-funded weapons were flowing to the Syrian rebels they have denied receiving them. CNN reports the US official would not speak publicly but confirmed the WP report was correct saying ""That is something we are not going to dispute, but we are not going to publicly speak to it" The weapons are not American-made, but are funded and organized by the CIA. They started to reach rebels about two weeks ago, the official said. Russia's view on Syria The artillery was described as light weapons, some anti-tank weapons and ammunition."
Civil wars are anything but civil, and this one is now anything but a Syrian affair.