The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is administering a secret program to further arm, train, and support the anti-government Free Syrian Army, most of whom are now al Qaeda-linked militant extremists in Syria, says the New York Times.
(Photos below show how these militants like to fight)
FARS News Under the administration’s division of labor, the State Department is in charge of supplying nonlethal aid, while the CIA runs a covert program to arm and train the Syrian militants, the newspaper said.
The US officials insisted that no aid would be directly supplied to the Islamic Front, an umbrella for half a dozen rebel groups who favor the creation of an orthodox Islamic state in Syria. Aid would continue to be funneled exclusively through the Supreme Military Council, the military wing of moderate, secular Syrian opposition.
Also in the past 24 hours, a prominent Syrian analyst, elaborating on the cause of Riyadh’s logistical and financial support for the terrorist groups in Syria, said the fate of the Saudi regime now depends on al-Qaeda’s failures and successes in Syria.
“After the Syrian government’s success in spoiling all Saudi dreams in the region, specially in Syria, the fate of the Al-Saud family practically depends on their proxies in the region, the al-Qaeda group, their other affiliated groups and the Wahhabi thoughts,” Salim Harba told FNA.
He said the Syrian army’s victories against the terrorists have changed all the regional and international equations, specially after it succeeded in unveiling the real identity of the terrorist groups.
Meantime, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) held captive more than 100 militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Idlib countryside.
The FSA also took dozens of residents of Al-Dana border town captive for cooperating with the ISIL.
Also, Syria’s Permanent Envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said that the Saudi regime is involved in instigating people to terrorism and sending the terrorists to Syria under the pretext of Jihad, including “the sex jihad”.
“Those issues became confirmed starting from the statement of the Saudi foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal who admitted twice in Cairo that Saudi Arabia is arming the opposition… it is a clear confession,” al-Jaafari told al-Mayadeen TV.
Elsewhere, Russia told the United States that it would continue to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s campaign against foreign-backed militants.
The remarks were made during a meeting between high-ranking Russian diplomats and US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman in Moscow on Friday.
Sherman did not address reporters after her meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers Mikhail Bogdanov and Gennady Gatilov, but the Russian Foreign Ministry said the two diplomats told Sherman that foreign-backed militants are a threat to both Syria’s future and regional stability.
Elsewhere, the Syrian government managed to stage successful mediation efforts between its supporters and opponents in the three strategic regions in Damascus countryside, bringing the two sides into reconciliation.
The National Reconciliation Committee affiliated to the Syrian government succeeded in bringing the two opposing parties to reconciliation in Harasta, Al-Zobdani and Al-Qaboun after weeks of efforts.
The government’s mediation efforts were also assisted by outside parties.
Also, the Syrian army repelled an attack by the armed rebels on a Shiite town in Idlib countryside in Northwestern Syria.
The army units supported by local people foiled militants’ attack on the Shiite-populated town of Foeh in Idlib countryside.
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