Obama Denies Arming Rebels
The White House Administration denied shipping arms to the outgunned rebels in Syria. It is something they have expressed for months. The Obama administration said that by doing so, it would only escalate the already bloody conflict in the Middle East nation. However, a prominent newspaper on Wednesday reported that the U.S. has helped coordinate shipments of weapons to the regime’s opposition, with nations in the Persian Gulf paying for the shipments.
That report is what prompted Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the State Department to deny that the administration was taking part in any way with arming rebels in Syria.
“Concerning the assertions with regard to aid, we have no involvement in that sort of stuff,” she said during her daily briefing.
She added, “The U.S. has decided to provide support that is nonlethal to civilian members of Syria’s opposition. That includes medical equipment, communications equipment and the humanitarian part as well.”
The newspaper report said that Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other states in the gulf had been helping for months with amounts totally millions of dollars to arm the rebel opposition. Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, confirmed other countries have armed the opposition that is opposed to Syria’s President al-Assad.
Carney also reiterated President Obama’s support of the U.N. cease fire plan that was crafted by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, although at the same time, acknowledging that the current regime in Syria has ignored the plan.
Aides to Obama said that having U.N observers deployed on the ground is helping to reduce the violence being carried out by al-Assad’s armed forces.