Obama Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters today that the US may arm the Syrian rebels.
FOX News reported:
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the Obama administration is re-thinking its opposition to arming the Syrian rebels, as officials weigh a range of options in the wake of findings that chemical weapons were likely used in the country’s civil war.
“Arming the rebels — that’s an option,” Hagel said at a Pentagon news conference.
We’re talking about these guys…
The rebels released a video titled “Foreigners of different nationalities, bound together by Islam and jihad in Al-Sham [Syrian al-Qaeda group].” The video includes photos of several of the foreign radicals who were martyred in Syria.
There are currently many foreigners fighting in Syria, which is a source of concern for Western countries. While the Western and Arab media often mention the presence of numerous foreign fighters in Syria, there are few reports that give details about the fighters themselves, even on the jihadi websites and social networks. A source that does, however, provide some information is a Facebook page called “The Foreigners in the Syrian Revolution,” which is devoted to documenting these fighters, especially those who have been “martyred,” and which sheds light on the identities and motives of foreigners who come to fight in Syria.
The page, launched January 2012, initially reported mainly on the operations of Jabhat Al-Nusra, the most active jihadi organization in Syria, which was founded that month and which recently admitted its affiliation with Al-Qaeda. In the summer of 2012 it began focusing on the foreign fighters, which could indicate ties between these foreigners and Jabhat Al-Nusra. In its early months, the page included only sporadic reports about the foreigners, but since late 2012 dozens of new reports on fighters have been added – sometimes several in a single day. Some of the reports are current, and some deal with fighters killed days or weeks before…
…The documented foreigners are mostly Arabs and mostly come from Libya, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia, and to a lesser extent from Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Morocco, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Iraq, and Turkey. Some of them have spent time in Western countries for studies or work, and others are Western-born Muslims or Muslim converts.
For the record… US missiles armed to Libyan rebels showed up in Israel’s backyard.