US warned by Russia about arming Al-Qaeda Germ Rebels in Syria

Russia warns US about arming militants in Syria

Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:37PM

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations has warned the United States that the conflict in Syria will escalate if the U.S. provides arms to militants and continues to push for the overthrow of the Damascus government.

“Any military help will only do harm and will only lead to further escalation of the conflict,” Vitaly Churkin said Friday. “Arms supplies in the conflict zone will certainly increase tensions. We are concerned about developments.”

The Obama administration is considering deeper intervention to help push President Bashar al-Assad from power, according to U.S. government officials, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

While no decisions have been made, the U.S. is considering several alternatives, including directly providing arms to some opposition fighters, the Times said.

CIA officers, secretly located in southern Turkey, have already determined which opposition groups should receive weapons.


Syria has been the scene of unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of security forces, have lost their lives in the turmoil.

The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

Until now, the United States has offered limited support to the military campaign against the Syrian government and provided nearly $200 million in nonlethal aid. NY Times

As the London Guardian reported in July, militants in Syria are admittedly being led by al-Qaeda terrorists, who meet with them “every day” and train them how to make bombs.

The Council on Foreign Relations, America’s most influential foreign policy think tank and a close ally of the U.S. State Department has praised the presence of al-Qaeda militants in Syria.

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