Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists
Bin Laden may be dead, but Al Qaeda isn't. Obama keeps bragging that we have Al Qaeda on the run, but it seems like his definition of "On the run" is giving them weapons.
Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats. That conclusion, of which President Obama and other senior officials are aware from classified assessments of the Syrian conflict...
Let's just stop right there.
1. When the Times says "hard-line Islamic jihadists", it does not mean the Muslim Brotherhood's militias. It means Al Qaeda, groups linked to Al Qaeda or groups just as bad as those groups. We are talking Caliphate Now and Kill Anyone Who Gets in the Way types.
2. As Biden admitted during the debate, Obama outsourced the arms decision making process to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. All 3 countries are run by Islamists. All 3 have extensive ties to Al Qaeda. Putting Qatar or Saudi Arabia in charge of a weapons program to Syrian rebels meant that those weapons were always going to end up in the hands of Islamists.
3. This is a religious war between Shiite Alawites and Sunnis. There is no true "secular" opposition and the Free Syrian Army has been conducting joint operations with the Al Qaeda linked Al Nusra front.
The United States is not sending arms directly to the Syrian opposition. Instead, it is providing intelligence and other support for shipments of secondhand light weapons like rifles and grenades into Syria, mainly orchestrated from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The reports indicate that the shipments organized from Qatar, in particular, are largely going to hard-line Islamists.
In other news, rain is wet and Qatar is a terrorist supporting entity which has been a big player in creating the Arab Spring. And even if you haven't heard of Qatar, you have heard of their pet news network and favorite propaganda outlet of Al Qaeda... Al Jazeera.
Outsourcing the Syrian rebel arming program to Al Qaeda's propagandists was bound to have this conclusion.
American officials have been trying to understand why hard-line Islamists have received the lion’s share of the arms shipped to the Syrian opposition through the shadowy pipeline with roots in Qatar, and, to a lesser degree, Saudi Arabia.
It's a mystery. One we'll probably never solve. Why is a shadowy weapons pipeline operated by Jihadist states going to Al Qaeda? No one in the State Department knows.