Friday, December 13, 2013

Syria: Islamists seize weapons cache - US, UK suspend aid

I know, I know nobody should be surprised that the Islamists seized the weapons. The (belated, and ineffectual?) response from the US?  Read on from Reuters:

U.S., Britain suspend aid to north Syria after Islamists seize weapons store

ISTANBUL Wed Dec 11, 2013 

(Reuters) - The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to northern Syria after Islamist fighters seized Western-backed rebel weapons warehouses, highlighting fears that supplies could end up in the wrong hands.

The rebel Free Syrian Army fighting President Bashar al-Assad said the U.S. and British moves were rushed and mistaken. "We hope our friends will rethink and wait for a few days when things will be clearer," FSA spokesman Louay Meqdad said.

In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States was concerned about reports that Islamic Front forces had seized the buildings belonging to the Syrian Military Council, which is nominally in charge of the FSA.

"As a result of the situation ... the United States has suspended all further deliveries of non-lethal assistance into northern Syria," Earnest said, adding that humanitarian aid was not affected by the move....

Meanwhile, no word on how they are going to suspend weapons know, the 'lethal' aid.

Read the rest here.

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