US military aid to Syrian rebels is expected to begin arriving in a few weeks, delivered by the CIA through secret bases in Turkey and Jordan. Reports say it will include light weaponry, but not shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles. The Pentagon also has proposed a partial no-fly zone.
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has crossed President Obama’s “red line” in using chemical weapons to kill rebel soldiers and civilians.
As a result, the Obama administration says it will provide military help to those rebel forces engaged in a civil war that has cost some 93,000 lives.
Reports are beginning to outline the weaponry and where it will go. Weapons will likely include automatic rifles, light mortars, and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) – but not the shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles known as MANPADS (man-portable air-defense missiles).
"Arming groups whose members likely have links to Al Qaeda and other radical groups, and may not have the ability to secure their weapons, is not only unwise but could increase the amount of weapons in the region and exacerbate the terrorist threat to the US and our allies," US Sen. Tom Udall (D) of New Mexico said in a statement to Fox News Friday.