September 12th, 2013
02:56 AM ET

CIA-funded weapons reach Syrian rebels

CIA-funded weapons have begun flowing to Syrian rebels, a U.S. official told CNN late Wednesday night.

The official confirmed details first reported by the Washington Post but would not speak publicly.

"That is something we are not going to dispute, but we are not going to publicly speak to it," the official said.

The weapons are not American-made, but are funded and organized by the CIA. They started to reach rebels about two weeks ago, the official said.

The artillery provided were described as light weapons, some anti-tank weapons and ammunition.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    When the Syrian civil war began, it was not believable that hoes and rakes were the only weapons used by rebels. Why cannot citizens of countries supplying the non-farm weapons know how it is to their advantage to overthrow the Syrian government? Is the only advantage the profit (and jobs) from the manufacturing of weapons? That might make sense.

    September 12, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Are all revolutions by definition good, noble, and admirable? Is that because they represent progress?

    September 12, 2013 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Is the CIA beholden to no one?
    I disagree with this move.

    September 12, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    These 'rebels' most certainly do not symbolize what is good, noble or admirable @JI-F.
    Foreign fighters, assasins, mercenaries, extremists exploiting religion and such. And the Syrian implosion as has now been exposed is hardly a popular uprising.
    both .arabia and israel has been inducting these so called 'rebels' into Syria from day one , training and arming them. This is no 'revelation'.

    September 12, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    For us to get mired in yet another quagmire would be hardly wise.
    Agree with @banasy.

    September 12, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    We all knew that it was just a matter of time before this mistake was made. The radical core of the opposition will now be in a better position to pursue their individual agendas once the alleged cooperation among the groups achieves the initial goal of removing the force that is able to hold them in check at this time. Once that is achieved, it will be a free for all, winner take all. And just think, we will be able to claim we had a hand in that. Doesn't that make you feel just so proud ?

    September 12, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    If the rebels succeed in removing Assad, they will start to battle each other. There are too many different factions at play here.
    This will go on for years. And we will have played a hand in it. We need to learn to stay out of the ME, and I don't CARE if the kajillionaires don't make that extra billion.

    September 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Gotcha. banasy. War mongers with their hands in our tax pockets,the contractors are salivating.

      September 12, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    War what is it good for, absolutely nothing, say it again, war huuh, what is it good for, absolutely nothing.

    September 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Edwin Starr. A good song that is as relevant now as when it came out.

      September 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Richard

    So say the rebels are getting weapons, some say no. What happened the the old practice of verifying sources? Is the press just a rumor mill now?

    September 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Richard- verification- the masses don't deserve any stinkin' verification, who will guess the news first, must be the best, right?

      September 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The rebels are not organized; there are many subsets of rebels and it is conceivable that one group may have received what another did.

      September 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    This took place a lot longer ago than a cpl weeks ago! If they're going to admit to doing it they may as well tell the truth about WHEN they began supplying them! And DID they also supply the Sarin Gas also?

    September 13, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |