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Oh, boy, another war...
Thursday, August 02, 2012 8:38 AM
Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...
Quote:President Barack Obama has signed a covert directive authorizing U.S. support for Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces, U.S. officials told CNN on Wednesday.
The secret order, referred to as an intelligence "finding," allows for clandestine support by the CIA and other agencies.
It was unclear when the president signed the authorization for Syria, but the sources said it was within the past several months.
Exactly what type of support the finding authorizes is also unclear. The Obama administration has ruled out arming the rebels for now, providing only nonlethal assistance, such as communications equipment.
Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department approved a license allowing the Washington Syrian Support Group to provide direct financial assistance to the Free Syrian Army. The Washington-based representative of the Free Syrian Army is allowed to conduct financial transactions on the rebel group's behalf but is not allowed to send military equipment.
U.S. officials have told CNN that Washington is cooperating with countries that are arming the rebels, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to help find groups worthy of aid. Diplomatic sources have also said the United States is providing intelligence on Syrian troop movements, which is then passed to rebel groups.
Foreign policy experts on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to increase its support of the armed opposition.
Lots more at http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/01/us/syria-rebels-us-aid/index.html?hpt=hp_bn3
Thursday, August 02, 2012 8:47 AM
Freedom is Important because People are Important
Thursday, August 02, 2012 8:56 AM
America loves a winner!
Thursday, August 02, 2012 9:20 AM
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Thursday, August 02, 2012 11:58 AM
Quote:Originally posted by Niki2:
Gawd, I hope not, but I have to admit I wish there was some way to stop the slaughter...
Thursday, August 02, 2012 12:37 PM
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Thursday, August 02, 2012 10:15 PM
Keeping order in every verse
Friday, August 03, 2012 2:22 AM
Quote:Originally posted by Niki2: Oops, apologies. I scan for news of interest, and missed that you'd already posted it.
Friday, August 03, 2012 7:17 AM
Quote:Originally posted by peacekeeper:
And I'm sure that when you go marching off to war, The British Army won't be telling you to fuck off. We wll no doubt be licking your jackboots and packing your lunches for you.
Friday, August 03, 2012 7:38 AM
Quote:Originally posted by FREMDFIRMA:One of the many ways I pissed off command back in the day - when some major was going on about how we oughta just invade Nicaruagua and stomp those Commie Sandanista bastards, I handed him my rifle and told him "You want it done so bad, fine, YOU go do it!" - he did not take this very well...
Friday, August 03, 2012 6:59 PM
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