Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Syria: IEDs and anti-govt forces

Growing use of IEDs by anti-government insurgents in Syria

6 March 2012

The monthly number of IEDs reported in Syria jumped 134 percent from December to January; analysts say this is an indication of foreign involvement with the rebels

Whether or not elements of al Qaeda have infiltrated and Syrian insurgency against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the rebel forces in Syria have began to use tactics favored by Islamic insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan: IEDs.

The sheer increase in the number of IEDs aimed at Syrian government forces has led outside observers to suspect that foreign elements are now involved with the anti-Assad rebellion. The USA Today quotes Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, commander of the Pentagon’s lead organization to combat improvised explosives, to say that “If they can sustain this trend, that indicates some external support.”...

All well and good, as meanwhile wholesale slaughter continues, and Clinton and Obama et al wag their fingers and say "unacceptable".

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