Weapons Sent by Obama to Syrian Rebels Killed US Soldiers

Today I had an article discussing Obama's weapons smuggling operations in light of the sudden interest in gun control.

Our weapons have gone to such diverse forces for democracy in Syria as the Islamist militias operating under the moniker of the Free Syrian Army whose leader defended Al Qaeda and the majority of whose commanders wanted to work with Al Qaeda, Jaysh al-Qasas, a former ally of ISIS and Ghuraba al-Sham, which had called for slaughtering Americans “like cattle” and whose former leader had ISIS ties.

The Free Syrian Army had included the Farouq Brigades, which forced non-Muslims to pay Jizya taxes and which became notorious when one of its commanders was filmed eating a heart. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Tawheed Brigade, which was part of the Free Syrian Army, the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front and the Islamic Front, had called for imposing Sharia in an Islamic State alongside Al Qaeda.  

The curious thing about this particular case is not that it happened on the "partner" end. Partners like Qatar and Turkey are notorious for arming Islamic terrorists. I mean worse than the ones we were officially arming.

Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.

Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating the attack, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The existence of the weapons theft, which ended only months ago after complaints by the American and Saudi governments, is being reported for the first time after a joint investigation by The New York Times and Al Jazeera. The theft, involving millions of dollars of weapons, highlights the messy, unplanned consequences of programs to arm and train rebels — the kind of program the C.I.A. and Pentagon have conducted for decades — even after the Obama administration had hoped to keep the training program in Jordan under tight control.

Al Jazeera is just Qatar which has its own plans. And it's likely this is an attempt to force a shift back to their preferred Jihadists. That said, it's fairly obvious that funneling weapons to terrorists is a bad idea and will have bad consequences. Having the weapons stolen and sold on the black market is probably the least bad thing to happen in the entire series of disastrous attempts to send weapons to terrorists.

 

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