Let’s start with the answer. According to French newspaper La Figaro, guerrilla fighters from the Free Syrian Army have been released across the Syrian border from Jordan and are headed toward Damascus.
These fighters, according to reports have been trained by U.S. military, CIA operatives and Jordanian and Israeli commandos. A first wave of about 300 fighters were released into Syria on August 17 and a second wave on August 19, according to the paper.
As for the question: about 2 months ago I asked, “Why are 300 Marines now stationed along the Syrian border with Jordan?” At the time, the Obama administration claimed that those Marines were only there as part of a training exercise. President Obama himself acknowledged the troops in Jordan saying,
“This detachment that participated in the exercise and remained in Jordan includes Patriot missile systems, fighter aircraft, and related support, command, control, and communications personnel and systems,” Obama said.
Today, not only is it clear that these were not training exercises being conducted but that, as we suspected, the U.S. is providing more than just the “non-lethal assistance” the administration has claimed.
Why is this important? Because, as we explain in this video the U.S. is pouring money, assistance and training into the FSA. However, if the Assad regime falls, it will not be the FSA that is in position to take over the country but instead it will be al Nusra Front, the Syrian wing of al Qaeda in Iraq.
How is that possible, and what will al Nusra taking over in Syria mean for the U.S. and for the Syrian people?
Ben has spent 14 years working as a journalist in broadcast news. He began his career as a news photographer and moved up the ladder to reporter, morning anchor/reporter, prime time anchor/reporter. Along the way he won two Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow awards. Ben was the anchor at WXIX in Cincinnati, Ohio and hosted the popular “Reality Check.” Ben now has his own brand of media, which you can find at Truth in Media.