The US Marines have fewer TOWs then the amount Obama shipped to Saudi Arabia last year alone ...
With no pun intended, the Obama White House has shipped under the radar some of the most technologically advanced weaponry yet to a supposedly moderate Syrian rebel faction battling the nation's regime of President Bashar al-Assad, as reported by both the left-of-center Centre for Research on Globalization (of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) news portal on April 21, 2014, as well as the Wall Street Journal on April 20, 2014.
Concern is high that the cutting-edge anti-tank missiles will eventually make their way to one of the myriad of groups who are also in revolt against Assad, and more than a few are also openly in league with the same al-Qaeda terrorist organization that attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
Beheading Kuffars only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays ...
With the definitions of "secular" and "moderate" rather subjective when it comes to the many dozens of various factions and militias in a land where public beheadings, chemical weapons attacks, cannibalism, and destruction of centuries old Christian churches has become the norm rather than the exception, described by the Reuters news service as "relatively secular and moderate," the rebel group Harakat Hazm has received "about" a dozen BMG-71 Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) anti-tank missiles. According to the Military Analysis Network ran by the FAS (Federation of American Scientists), the replacement cost just for each missile is roughly $180,000.
While the more than $2 million expenditure of taxpayer dollars for the handful of missiles to the rebel group, the Obama administration has been sending an unknown number, but estimated in the thousands, of TOWs to various governments in the Middle East. As the Centre for Research on Globalization noted, last year alone the Obama Department of Defense sent in a single shipment 15,000 TOWs to Saudi Arabia. The FAS has cited that our own nation's Marine Corps counts only slightly more than 12,000 of the highly effective weapons system in its own inventory.
While Harakat Hazm is nominally under the leadership of the Free Syrian Army's (FSA) umbrella of a number of militia groups, the right-of-center news portal Front Page Magazine verified that FSA "is now dominated by Islamist brigades like the Muslim Brotherhood’s Tawheed Brigade and the 'moderately' Islamist Farouk Brigades; one of whose commanders was recorded on video eating a Syrian soldier’s [heart and] lungs." Also loosely aligned with the FSA is the Al-Nusra Front. As cited by Front Page Magazine, "The Al-Nusra Front is better known as the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda in Iraq."