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US to Arm Rebels, Mulls No-Fly Zone in Syria

Obama has jumped off the fence in in Syria and will arm rebels. Military planners have proposed a limited no-fly zone in Syria to help arm rebels. The US has determined that Assad has killed more than 100 with chemical weapons.
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The Obama administration is ready to arm Syrian rebels, and military planners are proposing a limited no-fly zone up to 25 miles within Syria, allowing rebels to freely train in Jordan and receive arms without Syrian interference from the air.

The drastic change in policy follows the American government’s conclusion that Syrian President Bashar Assad has crossed the “red line” and has been using chemical against Syrians, killing more than 100 people.

The no fly zone would be enforced from Jordanian territory, from where military bases would be used to fly within Jordanian airspace, according to The Wall Street Journal. The type of arms to be delivered to rebels has not been determined, but the CIA will train opposition forces  to use them.

An official of the Obama administration confirmed Thursday evening that Assad has used chemical weapons.

“The Assad regime has used chemical weapons– sarin– on a small scale multiple times over the past year,” said Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes

He added that more than 100 people have been killed in the chemical attacks, which have been documented as recently as two weeks ago in Damascus.

Israel, Britain and France previously have said chemical weapons have been used on Syrians, but the President Barack Obama had reasoned that he wanted to confirm without a doubt who has been using them and under what circumstances before responding.

President Obama is determined to deploy U.S. soldiers on Syrian territory, and the decision to arm the rebels was taken over the opposition of those who fear that that many of the weapons will end up in the hands of Al Qaeda and other terrorists, leaving the United States open to charges that is backing one theorist group against another, namely Hezbollah, which has fighting along side Assad’s forces.

Military strategists in the Obama administration have said that a limited no-fly zone would enable rebel forces to train in Jordan and to receive arms without the interference of Syrian aircraft.

A no-fly zone could turn the tide that has gone in Assad’s favor and will help rebel forces maintain control of areas where they have fought off Assad’s forces.

His regime is holding on to power but losing support among the general population, which is suffering from shortages of food, medicine and fuel as well as a collapsing economy. Government employees are not receiving their salaries, according to Asaad Al-Saleh, an Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at the University of Utah.

He wrote in the Yemen Times that the lack of American action has been interpreted by Assad as “green light” “to continue destroying the country.”

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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3 Responses to “US to Arm Rebels, Mulls No-Fly Zone in Syria”

  1. John Keytack says:

    Well, this is just plain stupid! Why are they proposing this now, after Syria has received advanced surface to air missiles? The time to act has already passed.

  2. Alan Kardon says:

    Another mistake by our government. Arm terrorist groups. Enforce no fly zone so that Israel will not be able to stop arms shipments to Hezbolah. Put U.S. troops in harms way. Great job Obama.

  3. Obama now says the red line has in fact been crossed in Syria and he is going to Europe to discuss what action should be taken. Those actions taken against Syria, if effective in Assad’s eyes, may bring him to the conclusion that a strong strike against Israel is his only option to make Israel the focus of this war and not himself. If this strike by Assad is not successful he may move to the use of missiles armed with BIO/CHEM warheads in order to force Israel to get into the war. If the west moves to take effective military actions against Assad because he is using BIO/CHEM weapons then Assad no longer has any reason not to use them to their fullest extent because he is already paying the price for their use. With that in mind, we will likely see a large increase in Assad’s use of those weapons sooner rather than later. If Assad uses BIO/CHEM missile attacks against Israel, Israel will have little choice but to stop it fast and that cannot be accomplished by air strikes alone. In my opinion Israel would likely be forced to respond with nuclear retaliation. I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 is likely to take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

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