The first of these cells are now beginning to sneak into Syria. The rebels were trained in Jordan by the CIA and U.S. special forces.
On Aug. 23 the Jerusalem Post reported: "The rebels were trained for several months in a training camp on the Jordanian-Syrian border by CIA operatives, as well as Jordanian and Israeli commandos."
Another report from the Jerusalem Post claims that U.S. officials and rebels confirmed that the CIA and U.S. special forces had been training the FSA since 2012. The rebels had been training with anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons.
The reports about the CIA training and arming these rebels should raise red-flags given the fact, there are numerous al-Qaeda operatives now fighting in Syria. On Aug. 23, we reported Kerry himself confessed the Obama administration knew there were many al-Qaeda operatives in Syria.
In April, a report from AFP said: "The al-Nusra Front pledged their loyalty to al-Qaeda." A report from The Telegraph said that 29 different opposition groups in Syria, including "fighting "brigades" and civilian committees, have signed a petition calling for mass demonstrations in support of Jabhat al-Nusra."
A USA Today report said: "Al-Qaeda is hijacking the revolution and diverting it from its original purpose, which was toppling the regime of President Bashar Assad."
On Aug. 9 we reported the following: "The Times of Israel says the Wall Street Journal quoted out-going CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell as saying: Syria’s volatile mix of al-Qaeda extremism and civil war now poses the greatest threat to US national security." This clearly shows the Obama administration is concerned with this threat.
With the reports mentioned above the question has to be asked, could any of these CIA trained rebels be loyal to al-Qaeda? It's a very real possibility some if not many could have allegiance to the terrorist group. Therefore it should be a cause for concern, however, our government still trained these rebels without knowing where their loyalties lie.
An important point to note is that power in the Syrian civil war is basically decentralized. There are several factions fighting in Syria and each seems bent on their own ideas for the country should Assad's government fall. So while Assad is not a good man he's better than those trying to impose Islamic law on the country of Syria.
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