U.S. increasing contacts with Syrian rebels
July 27th, 2012
07:08 PM ET

U.S. increasing contacts with Syrian rebels

By Barbara Starr

The United States has increased contacts with Syrian opposition officials in recent week, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

The official explained that "the U.S. and others are playing more of an advisory role to the opposition now." Underpinning those increased contacts with the opposition is the effort to begin to plan for the post-Assad regime.

Still, any action so far stops short of arming the opposition. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that lethal support is not being discussed.

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"We have been discussing a range of options for some time. Among them would be assisting the opposition," Gen. Martin Dempsey said in a news conference in San Francisco. "I've never heard any discussion of assisting them with lethal support. That is to say, the discussions that I've been involved with were about providing non-lethal support."

U.S. officials clearly are talking to those who have spoken to defectors and have spoken directly with opposition leaders, but don't want to offer a lot of detail. The official would say only that "we are sharing perspectives." Part of this, he said, involves talking about the dynamics of the situation and the potential "end game" and, he adds, "talking about how the opposition might be able to achieve their goal more quickly."

That includes vetting opposition forces and looking at how various groups might be able to "coalesce after Assad goes."

The discussion, the official told CNN, includes transition goals.

The official says it's not clear yet if U.S. policy would be to maintain the current Syrian military and government structure, to a large extent to try to avoid what happened in Iraq. And as he says, the United States might not have a voice in that anyway.

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  3. Matt

    If we bomb them we will not know if some of the stockpile is from Iraq. The inventory invoices that is what matters equally so if they go missing we will not know either. That is different from not finding any WMD's in both cases. I am not saying anything, each side made their cases now lets find out.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      The truth comes at a price I have my own spin on it unknown knowns, known knowns, unknowns unknowns. Saddam had transferred assets before and if you go by gulf war one, we keep coming up empty, while he is in his rate hole and his military are running an insurgency. Assad is not in the rat hole yet but he is doing the same thing in regards to his country.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
      • Matt

        I was born on a dream that the USA always did what was right for the right reasons, that was the dream I was sold.

        August 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  4. spirittoo

    There are several reports on the us/israel/nato are responsible for the violence in Syria. I tried to post the reports with the source but of course CNN won't post it. Tried twice no go.

    Some of the corporate media ... excluding ABCNNBCBS are admitting presence of foreign militant in Syria.

    July 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  5. spirittoo

    JD

    Are you back again ?? Don't believe everything you read Spiritoo or repeating yourself. Just because it's "all over the web" doesn't mean it's true. The web has a lot of misinformation. Also, a megaphone is an instrument used to augment a human voice usually a crowd-probably the ones the government suppressing you uses quite often. Nato and US did intervene in Lybia because Russia and China didn't veto the UN security council resolution. I wish the Syrian people had the same benefit as more than 20k civilians mainly have died there. But I have faith the Syrian people with a little help from army defectors/fsa will protect themselves against a ruthless brutal regime that is using military equipment against a much lighter armed populace.

    Yeah I'm back again ... you don't like it? Tough. I don't believe everything I read especially when it comes from corporate news like CNN. The web has a lot of FACTS as well as misinformation. It's up to the individual to decide for themselves what is fact and what isn't. I didn't say anything about a megaphone ... that shows you can't comprehend what you read.

    Ah no .. the us/israel illegally invaded Libya, they when far beyond the UN resolution when they paid mercenaries to invade Libya ... that a fact ... just as they are illegally invading Syria now.
    The Syrians coming out of the country have clearly stated its the so called rebels doing the killings not the government. The only ruthless brutal regime is the us/israel/nato.

    July 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
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    July 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
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    ITS IS 19:34 IN SYRIA WHERE IS ASSAD PUTTING HIS FEET UP HANDS ON TOP OF AND BEHIND SMALL HEAD

    July 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  9. dghjjgc

    NOTE: the head of a prominent Syrian opposition group pleaded for world allies to help arm rebels.

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    July 30, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
  10. dghjjgc

    IT IS 17:55 IN SYIRA IS ASSAD TAKING IN SOME T.V. THIS EVENING

    July 30, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  11. ukgtujhg

    IT IS 13:25 IN SYRIA WHERE IS STRING-BEAN

    July 30, 2012 at 6:29 am | Reply
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    IT IS 08:54 IN SYIRA WHERE IS THE MAN WITH NO PLAN ASSAD

    July 30, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
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    IT IS 05:35 IN SYRIA IS ASSAD ALL READY FOR ANOTHER DAY OF SHELLING WOMAN AND CHILDREN

    July 29, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  14. misterbigout

    IT IS 0134 IN SYRIA WHERE IS STREACH

    July 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  15. xijdjs

    IT IS 2200 IN SYRIA TELL ME FRIEND WHERE IS ASSAD

    July 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  16. xijdjs

    IF YOU HAD NOT NOTICED THIS IS NOT ABOUT ANYONE EXCEPT THE SYRIAN PEOPLE WHO LOW AND BEHOLD YOU FAIL TO MENTION NOT SURPRISING BECAUSE IGNORING THE WILL OF THE SYRIAN PEOPLE IS HOW THIS STARTED ADDAD SHELLING THEIR WOMAN AND CHILDEREN IS PERSONAL

    July 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  17. xijdjs

    SPIRTTOO

    YOU ARE COMPLETELY 100 PERCENT FULL OF SH*IT THAT IS WHAT I KNOW

    July 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  18. kfkfkfm

    IT IS 1850 IN SYRIA DO YOU KNOW WHERE ASSAD IS

    July 29, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
  19. hgtredx

    IT IS 1653 IN SYRIA DO YOU KNOW WHERE ASSAD IS

    July 29, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
  20. speaktruth

    I think its good the United States is keeping a close advisory role with the rebels and not arming them. We aren't making the same mistakes as last time, we are helping them right now on how to create a stable government when Assad goes, unlike Iraq. Most Syrians want a democracy according to report straight out of the country. And rebels have set up "police" stations and a fair justice system to keep stability in the parts of the cities where there is no government control. The people have spoken. They want a free country. Hopefully the rebels will end this soon and get this bloody dictator like they did gaddafi.

    July 29, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
    • Umer

      They are arming too but ofcourse they won't tell this to the world. The wonders of propaganda my dear.

      July 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • spirittoo

      "speaktruth" what a contradiction in terms. First of all the us/israel are sending in arms and mercenaries that fact is all over the net news. Since when has the us created a stable government? What are you some kind of parrot pushing the propaganda? The us is committing act or war and terrorism. FACT easily found by those that really want the truth. Syrians and Americans want democracy and neither are getting it. Anyone that buys the crap that the mercenaries are rebel are just plain stupid. Gaddafi was taken out because he was going to the gold dinar cutting out the private central banks which control all of the west. The fascist us will not get away with doing to Syria what they did the Libya ... Russia and China will see to that.

      July 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
      • speaktruth

        You really are an idiot I never said the US set up anything the rebels did it all by themselves my point being they are already taking the steps to setting up a stable government.

        spiritoo please post where you get your "facts" from. Everything I am saying is coming from the entire Syrian population there no more running from the truth the time is running out assad will be dead soon.

        July 30, 2012 at 1:49 am |
      • speaktruth

        Oh and by the way gaddafi was taken out because the PEOPLE of Libya ROSE UP AGAINST AN OPPRESSIVE REGIME. Not because he was going to gold hahahahahahaha YOU ARE SO BRAINWASHED AND STUPID THERE ARE NO SCHOOLS WHERE YOU LIVE YOU ARE ONLY FED PROPAGANDA.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:03 am |
  21. speaktruth

    I'm laughing at all the middle easterners pretending to be American posting their brainwashed propaganda on here. No one believes you guys, or the false "facts" you state. its sad because you actually believe this bullsht you are saying is true. I guess its not your fault, you don't know any better and you don't live in a free country so all you have is the propaganda they feed you that you take as fact and you think you form your own "ideas" but really its all apart of the propaganda leading you to believe that you are the one who came up with those ideas in your own head. Your probably thinking "why don"t these people realize this! they are so stupid! how do they not see this they are in denial!" The truth is you are brainwashed and 99% of Americans the read this know you aren't worth the time to even click the "reply" button. So don't think by you commenting on these articles on CNN.com that you are actually spreading a message, we are all laughing at you :)

    July 29, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
    • spirittoo

      I'm laughing at the megaphonies posting talking point their handlers give them believing thinking people will buy it. It is you no one of the thinking believe. You think you live in a free country? Try protesting grievances against the government and see if you don't get pepper sprayed, shot, or arrested. You got a lot of nerve talking about propaganda, stupidity and denial ... but that is the mo of megaphonies ... always projecting their own short-comings on to others. You aren't worth the time but I just can't resist exposing megaphonies.

      July 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
      • speaktruth

        That is where you are wrong. In America we have freedom to see any type of information ad publicate it, its called freedom of speech, so we are all able to form our own opinions. Also, no one gets shot during a protest. We actually allow peaceful protests they happen every day somewhere in teh country no matter how big or small. Keyword PEACEFUL if the crowd ATTACKS the police the police use NON-lethal force. So you are completely wrong please don't tell me how my country works when I live here and you don't and never will understand what it means to live free.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:06 am |
    • spirittoo

      Oh and by the way gaddafi was taken out because the PEOPLE of Libya ROSE UP AGAINST AN OPPRESSIVE REGIME. Not because he was going to gold hahahahahahaha YOU ARE SO BRAINWASHED AND STUPID THERE ARE NO SCHOOLS WHERE YOU LIVE YOU ARE ONLY FED PROPAGANDA.

      Wrong again ... well known fact israel and the us/nato send in mercenaries to Libya and did another illegal invasion ... its all over the net ... those that want the facts need only look it up for themselves.

      Still self projecting I see ... typical megaphonie response ... no surprises here folks.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
      • JD

        Are you back again ?? Don't believe everything you read Spiritoo or repeating yourself. Just because it's "all over the web" doesn't mean it's true. The web has a lot of misinformation. Also, a megaphone is an instrument used to augment a human voice usually a crowd-probably the ones the government suppressing you uses quite often. Nato and US did intervene in Lybia because Russia and China didn't veto the UN security council resolution. I wish the Syrian people had the same benefit as more than 20k civilians mainly have died there. But I have faith the Syrian people with a little help from army defectors/fsa will protect themselves against a ruthless brutal regime that is using military equipment against a much lighter armed populace.

        July 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • spirittoo

      speaktruth

      That is where you are wrong. In America we have freedom to see any type of information ad publicate it, its called freedom of speech, so we are all able to form our own opinions. Also, no one gets shot during a protest. We actually allow peaceful protests they happen every day somewhere in teh country no matter how big or small. Keyword PEACEFUL if the crowd ATTACKS the police the police use NON-lethal force. So you are completely wrong please don't tell me how my country works when I live here and you don't and never will understand what it means to live free.

      There is tons of video out showing police attacking peaceful protesters without provocation. Tell the people of Anaheim how the police use non lethal force. Like all megaphonies you are full of it. If we have such freedom of speech why doesn't ABCNNBCBS post all the comments? I see several of my comments where not posted so once again you prove you know nothing but BS. Typical megaphonie.

      July 31, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  22. hgtredx

    IT IS 1335 IN SYRIA DO YOU KNOW WHERE ASSAD IS

    July 29, 2012 at 6:36 am | Reply
    • lmfao11245

      Yes I see him right now in the scope of my sniper rifle. I am currently stalking him waiting for the right moment to take him out. Hes eating right now, ill let him finish his last meal before I put a bullet between his eyes, and then one between all of his aids eyes before his body even hits the ground. Then in all of the ensuing chaos I will be gone in the navy seals stealth black hawk helicopter before Shabib can scream GOD IS GREAT in muslim.

      July 29, 2012 at 8:51 am | Reply
    • Peace

      He is in a meeting with Allah to negotiate a place on Heaven. He is so tired of the trouble Earth.

      July 30, 2012 at 1:36 am | Reply
      • speaktruth

        So murdering thousands of innocent civilians gets you into heaven in muslim? The same religion where your cave dweller mohammed was a pedophile? They will both meet in hell where mohammed is already waiting for him.

        July 30, 2012 at 2:00 am |
  23. hgdfgh

    ITS 10:15 A.M. IN SYRIA DO YOU KNOW WHERE ASSAD IS

    July 29, 2012 at 3:17 am | Reply
  24. brother in america

    isnt it funny the u.s, isreal and the united nations claim to be 1000% against terrrorist. yet they are supporting the rebels while at the same time they all acknowledge if the rebels were to be victorious al-qeada and other groups would take control of syria's chem and bio weapons. AMERICANS WAKE UP IF THE REBELS WIN TERRORIST GROUPS WILL GET WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (THIS IS WHY MOST AMERICANS ARE IDIOTS)THEREFORE THE REBELS ARE TERRRORIST BEING ENABLED BY AMERICA. THE U.S AND ISREAL WANT THE REBELS TO WIN TO SET SYRIA BACK A DECADE OR MORE LIKE THEY DID IRAQ,LIBYA AND NOW SYRIA. SO AMERICA USE YOUR HEAD IF THE REBELS WIN TERRRORIST WILL GET SYRIAS WMD'S. SO THE REBELS ARE NOT REBELS BUT TERRORIST

    July 29, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
    • speaktruth

      Please share where you are getting your "facts" from? Syrian state news? hahahahahaa.

      Please show me where the United States acknowledged that the weapons of mass destruction would definitely fall into the hands of al-qaeda if the regime goes?

      If you actually read the article just posted by CNN you would see that the United States is focusing their intelligence heavily on these weapons of mass destruction. They know that they are still in government control currently. Do you really think that the USA doesn't know whats going on behind the scense with these weapons??? Do you really believe that we don't have multiple plans for every possible scenario that could happen with these weapons? And have the ability to deploy these plans immediately? This is the USA were talking about, we see stuff like this coming from a mile away. This is a perfect example. You got fed propaganda, you believe you came up with these ideas in your head that was actually the intention of the propaganda to begin with, then you say "WAKE UP DONT YOU SEE THIS HOW COULD YOU NOT REALIZE THIS" Truth is we are smarter than you and would see something like that coming from a mile away. We are and always will be ten steps ahead.

      July 29, 2012 at 8:21 am | Reply
      • JD

        Its sad but it's impossible to argue views with most of these people on here with no education or access to it, live centuries behind our modern American world and they have never lived in a fully democratic and free society. Do we expect them to suddenly come totheir senses just because their Syrian brothers are being murdered by other Muslims. Of course not. When humans are so conditioned to killing each day like its normal and don't have any other option for perspective what do you expect. I mean Muslims have been killing each other for thousands of years like Sunnis and Shia etc. do country and have so much pent of anger
        from being told what to do and what not to do.

        July 29, 2012 at 9:02 am |
      • speaktruth

        You are totally right JD, it is very sad when you think about it...they've been so oppressed that they are still primitive we should put a giant fence around the whole region and just observe them from the outside like a giant zoo because it certainly strongly resembles one.

        July 29, 2012 at 9:43 am |
      • spirittoo

        All thinking people know the corporate media lies for the fascist us government, so your "source" had been proven to be bogus time and time again.

        July 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  25. Steve2350

    What conutry has helping the the North Vietnam? The same two countries that is helping Assad. USA was broke duriing WW 2 but we still kick some A _ _.

    July 29, 2012 at 12:09 am | Reply
  26. goodygumdrops

    ITS 6 A.M. IN SYRIA DO YOU KNOW WHERE ASSAD IS.

    July 28, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  27. jd is wrong

    JD YOU ARE WRONG THE EYE IN THE SKY DOES NOT LYE

    July 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  28. gooblegobel

    ITS THREE A.M. IN SYRIA DO YOU KNOW WHERE ASSAD IS

    July 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  29. gooblegobel

    SYRIANS HAVE SO FAR DONE THE RIGHT THINGS AT THE RIGHT TIME WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE SYRIANS SHOULD HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THAT I AM TRUELY SADDEND BY STORYS OF WAR BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS POLITICS FAILED IN SYRIA AND WAR IS WHAT RESULTS

    July 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
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    July 28, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  31. Major Michael Lind

    I think it is time for the united states to go in to help the rebles and end this be for more die. I beleave this would be the best thing to do at this point. You have 80 to 100 tanks on the ground with 1000 to 2000 men for then grovement. how is that a far fight. If the united states is scared of spending money get the countries around them to help like they did in north africa. Let me tell you this if they lose and more die that region well only hate the usa more. So DO THE RIGHT THING FOR WORLD!

    July 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • JD

      Well said Michael. I mean these people are being shot at by hellicopters and fighter jets. It always amazes me to see how so much fighting is done in the name of Islam and yet when the citizens of a country like Syria come under fire NONE OF THE OTHER ARAB COUNTRIES HELP THE SYRIAN PEOPLE. AND WHY BECAUSE RUSSIA AND CHINA VETO A UN COUNCIL RESOLUTION SO THESE TWO COUNTRIES CAN SELL MORE WEAPONS TO ASSADS REGIME AND MAINTAIN THEIR INFLUENCE. YOU'D THINK SOME OF THESE ARAB COUNTRIES IN THE AREA WOULD HELP THEIR ARAB BROTHERS IN SYRIA but I guess not....Perhaps they are waiting for the US to do something and then blame them later. Too bad so sad.

      July 29, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • spirittoo

      Yeah I think it's time for the us to end this too. Stop sending in the mercenaries to Syria and stop arming them. Stop being a terrorist fascist state.

      July 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  32. chrisa

    The US is just a puppet to the city of London. Once you guys stop blaming Americans and see the true enemy, I hope its not too late. 1913 is a year to remember for the fedl rsrv act that subjegated and fleeced the country. Most Americans are just brnwashed by ms sources, sadly.

    July 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • speaktruth

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    • JD

      That's funny. hahha

      July 29, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
  33. Edward

    All the hope 4 democratic Siria is China and Russia

    July 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  34. Edward

    "U.S. increasing contacts with Syrian rebels"
    thats not good, America begins to fall down for its big mistakes,
    Siria has the rights to have a democratic elections but the west are sponsoring terorist groups to help destroy Assad

    July 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
    • speaktruth

      Is the Syrian government paying you to post these comments or are you just really brainwashed? If you believe what Syrian state news is telling you then I feel sorry for you not knowing any better, maybe if you were in a free country.

      July 29, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply
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    July 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  36. JD

    So the rebels and syrian people want the US to let them choose their fate but our extremely upset that US is not providing more "support" like weapons to fight against the heavily armed syrian regime. Yet, the gunships, helipcopters, missiles, etc. provided by Russia that the syrian amry uses against the people is OK???? If the US wanted to take over countries like Iraq or Afghanistan for their oil then the US would have done that already instead of training police that shoot them in the back. Of course, the middle east is very complicated and the larger world powers will always want to kjeep an eye on their own self interests-but it's amazing how hypocritical some people's veiws are and how jaded their perspective is on these events. Education is the key so people aren't taken advantage of; usually the poor in any country.

    July 28, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  37. spirittoo

    Please ... all thinking people know the us/israel have send mercenaries into Syria to overthrow the government as they did Libya so they can loot the resources and start a war with Iran.

    CNN is nothing more than a propaganda arm of the war criminals which makes it an accomplish to war crimes.

    July 28, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • JD

      Ya the US really needs the resources in Syria-give me a break. And how did that Lybia uprising turn out. US helped rebels who wouldnt have been able to overthrow dictator gaddafhi without United States help. Governements in countries like Syria or Iran don't even allow their people basic rights like speech and access to info. Why do you think the people their are willing to risk their lives to overthrow so many dictators throughout the middle east. Spiritooo-the website your on is made and created in America not China, Iran or Syria where these type of comments made on these posts are not allowed by the government.....There's always jealousy and envy of the biggest house on the block but those without it would surely give up there own smaller house if able (even if the biigest house still has problems with plumbing etc. like all houses). Maybe you will undertsand the analogy here.......

      July 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
      • spirittoo

        The fascist us wants to control the Middle East and attacking Syria leads to Iran. The Libya invasion was and still is a disaster. The only reason they attacked Libya under the guise of helping the people was because Gaddafi was going to the gold dinar instead of being a slave like the us to the central bank.

        US helped foreign mercenaries not rebels they hire to disrupt the country. Obama is a way bigger dictator than Gaddafi could ever hope to become. At least he took care of his people. The us does not. That's funny ... you think the US allows free speech? Ask the occupy protesters about that free speech crap.

        When the people protest it starts in the major cities and works it's way through out the country, like in Egypt. When a foreign force invades like it did in Libya and Syria it starts on the outskirts of the country. I've been on plenty of website created in America that do not allow these types of comments.

        Jealousy and envy of the biggest house on the block? What BS. Try the biggest house on the block committing acts of terror and war crimes, which makes people plenty mad.

        Your so called analogy is extremely flawed.

        July 28, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  38. karl

    the US has an erection for subjugating the middle east and this is just the next step.

    July 28, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
  39. sid

    why doesn't CNN report that about half the country (read almost DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY) supports Assad? the subtle manipulation of the media continues...

    July 28, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • speaktruth

      Where are you getting your "Facts" from? Syrian state television??

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH. Brainwashed.

      July 29, 2012 at 7:31 am | Reply
  40. clksu

    We (the West and East) should put most of our attention on unifying the opposition and promoting religious tolerance within the opposition council.
    On a separate note, a "Charlie Wilson" style no fly zone (FIM-92) would speed things up.

    July 28, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
  41. DEMOCRAZE

    I'm happy the US is playing a private roll in there after all if you ship arms and help them sort their problems then who pays the bill (?). Assad is looking for other excuses to escalate the war out of proportion – don't give him a chance. I'm definitely sure he is on his way out alive or dead!

    July 28, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • spirittoo

      DEMOCRAZE

      I'm happy the US is playing a private roll in there after all if you ship arms and help them sort their problems then who pays the bill (?). Assad is looking for other excuses to escalate the war out of proportion – don't give him a chance. I'm definitely sure he is on his way out alive or dead!

      The us is playing the role of invader by hiring mercenaries to kill innocent civilians and blame it on the government. Assad doesn't need an excuse to defend Syria against an invasion. It's the us that is on the way out once the worthless dollar collapses. Thinking people are not falling for the us propaganda and lies.

      July 28, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
      • JD

        Thinking people is the US own you spitoroo that's why your on here all day with nothing better to do. The US is your Master and yet you fool yourself into thinking a few points to a post on CNN will change this fact. But you will respond because you have no other outlet to defeat your Master and you know it. Fools gold.

        July 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • speaktruth

      spiritoo

      Either your being paid by the Syrian government or your just mentally ill. Poor you. I would not want to live in your world whatsoever. JD is completely right. Your comments are like a drug addict homeless guy in New York City babbling like an idiot on the corner, everyone sees it but just walks right on by ignoring it going on with their day like nothing and accept that thats just a part of life. Because thats all you are, a brainwashed crazy person, and just like the drug addict homeless person you have a chance to change it but you refuse to even try, so we leave you be in your own world to rot.

      July 29, 2012 at 8:07 am | Reply
      • spirittoo

        I'd rather be "poor you" than a megaphoney pushing fascism and terrorism. I thank God that I'm not a low life as you are in your world ... a world where those that speak out against tyranny are "mentally ill" Those that see the facts are drug addicts. I hear israel pays a lot to megaphonies like yourself, do you have to suck their john thomas too as well as post bs?

        I'd take homeless drug addict anytime rather that eat corporate/government ass with a false belief I was part of the pack.

        Just can't stop that self projecting can you?

        July 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  42. angel459

    All these suffering n tortures these syrian people having is not because of fighting for democracy of some so called rebels, we can't say them rebels, shooting guns, putting on the shoulders of innocent syrians and the children's can't be named rebels, in fact they are terrorists- they are using innocents peoples as wall to them. These terrorists are so highlighted because of the creepy nature of US policies, who always enjoys envading the poor but resourceful countries by any means possible, such as US raised the Taliban against Russia, destroyed Iraq only for oil, helped to destroy the innocent paletians and many more..In this world ,, USA is the biggest terrorist at all, so it always feeds other little terrorists groups for the benefit of USA..USA, IF U WANT Peace in this world you have to throw out ur deseased mind which always thinks that- u r the guadian of this world, u r the king of this world.. u r nothing but an ill minded terrorist. This nature of urs is costing many innocent americans tough, surely someday u will meet ur consequences.

    July 28, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply
    • chrisa

      Its a twisted plan to install a 1wld govt and reduce popltn. By 7/8. Sadly syria is being meddled with to help form the califate to oppose the western jewish and christians for false ww3. Very sad, they are getting their way.

      July 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
      • speaktruth

        chrisa, you are clinically insane. No one believe you.

        July 29, 2012 at 8:24 am |
  43. sly1dre

    Inshort there is no word to discribe the recent Western nations terrorism on smaller nations. Imperialistic,just because they do not have Nuclear arms.
    Iran please go ahead with development.
    If God Jesus Christ ever existed and all about Isreal was real,which personally as a christian lm finding it difficult to believe after witnessing Isreals lying,Occupations and attrocities. Isnt that sad.???
    How long do they think this can continue.......

    July 28, 2012 at 6:58 am | Reply
  44. Ahmed

    Please take away these terrorist thugs from my country. May be you will listen to the other side of the conflict as well? You are getting biased information. They are showing only the side of so-called rebels. There are no rebels in Syria. There are only terrorist groups. West does not care who fights Assad as long as they can have the country and its natural resources. We the Syrian people are united and will stand together to protect our homeland against Al Qaeda. Wake up people and start seeing things as they are. Do not believe these lies and do not listen to this biased propaganda machine! Please!

    July 28, 2012 at 5:24 am | Reply
    • speaktruth

      Ahmed, you are in denial. 100% of the population SEES whats happening with their own eyes. 90% wants them gone the other 10% are all Alawites that are in DENIAL.

      July 29, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
      • speaktruth

        and when I say see whats happening, I mean they see al assads supporters slaughtering innocent civilians. the fact that you support them makes you inhumane and if your evil ass ever stepped foot in America I would split your skull.

        July 29, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • spirittoo

      Ahmed ... those that truly care about America and freedom are doing all we can to speak out against the tyranny that is taking place in the us. #OWS is just the beginning. Hopefully Russia and China will make good their statement about preventing another illegal invasion as with Libya by the us/israel/nato terrorist states.

      July 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  45. welloiled

    Sounds good. At least the USA can be held jointly accountable for increasing the death toll in Syria. No FSA, no battle, no deaths. Simple really. As easy as 2-2=0. Does the USA get it?

    July 28, 2012 at 2:45 am | Reply
  46. George A

    I used to be a proamerican, i used to love everything about America, now they ruined my life, my business, my family! The president is a good person, he did not do much to the country but it was obvious that we were ok, now look at us! Its funny how we fight for presidency! Last thing i would need now is the rebels taking over the country, they are a bunch of theives, terrorits, islamists, crazy people! I dont want them to rule me for sure! Therefore i chose to stick to the president i know and i trust him more than anyone else at the moment!

    July 28, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
    • bebars

      You are a liar

      July 28, 2012 at 1:40 am | Reply
    • Radgast

      yeah so the US should provide weapons that could be used against us someday from a countty that celebrating when we were attacked, this is exactly why you dont get the weapons, no matter what we do we are hated, because the US requested permission from the UN to assist the people of syria, but you hate us and love the russians who gave the regime weapons, I agree with the inital reply, you are not believable

      July 28, 2012 at 3:03 am | Reply
      • spirittoo

        The only one supplying weapons are the us/israel to the mercenaries they hire to over throw the legitimate government of Syria. All thinking people know Syria is being invaded and the us is hated because of the war crimes and act of terror it commits. The us doesn't give a damn about the Syrian people.

        July 28, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • spirittoo

      Right .... it's only natural to trust someone who has lied to you time and time again ... way to go!

      July 28, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
  47. Brad

    What they don't say is that "non-lethal" help is the most lethal kind of help. A radio is worth 2 AKs in battle.

    July 28, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
    • Radgast

      intelligence and sattlelite data, is pretty non lethal too

      July 28, 2012 at 3:05 am | Reply
  48. kafantaris2

    What we are seeing in Syria is a preview of the demise of the Iranian regime as well.
    That regime sees it too - though it looks the other way.
    Nonetheless, the writing is on the wall.
    It was put there with the blood of the Iranians killed while peacefully protesting the Ahmadinejad election. The shedding of their innocent blood started the Arab spring, and it will be the shedding of far more Iranian blood that will end it.
    Such is the fate sealed for the country by the brutality of that regime in 2009.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • Ahmed

      You are just too misinformed. Nothing will help you

      July 28, 2012 at 5:26 am | Reply
    • mike

      @kafantaris2...You look to be a day dreamer dude.....sorry to say ur dreams will never realize..i bet u on tht.,,..and i also bet tht u r a Zionist / Jew.

      July 28, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
    • spirittoo

      What we need to see is the demise of the obama regime and the private central banking system. The us is a fascist terrorist state.

      July 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • speaktruth

      Kafantaris2 you are absolutely correct. Look at all the muslims that got so angry at this comment ahahahaha. Did that comment rattle the muslims brainwashed subconcious? Deep deep down they know your comment is true!!!!! Hahahahaahhahaha.

      July 29, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
  49. 4F8

    Why can't that surprise any of us, when you consider al-Qaida's opposition in Syria: http://www.voltairenet.org/German-Intelligence-al-Qaeda-All

    Excerpt: Writing in Bild, longtime German war correspondent Jurgen Todenhofer accused the rebels of “deliberately killing civilians and then presenting them as victims of the government”. He described this “massacre-marketing strategy” as being “among the most disgusting things that I have ever experienced in an armed conflict”. Todenhofer had recently been to Damascus, where he interviewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for Germany’s ARD public television.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  50. saeed

    Well its abvious that USA is desperate its economy is in ruins and keeps on sinking into the mud USA is resorting to terrorism to keep its loser bankrupt country at float. What can I say Syria a country of 22 million has made a joo.kke out of USA entire Europe and entire NATO and in un this is what's happened when the west is comprised of country's like Spain with 24.6% unemployment and a economy in recession that will shrink by 1.7% this year and a youth unemployment of 53%. Go home ggrin.goes.

    July 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • Kincer

      Yes, we are a bankrupt country, yes our economy is hurting. But hey, keep on thinking your battlefield wasteland is a greater country, cool story bro.

      July 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
      • robroy

        that's right Kincer,you folks are bankrupt,your economy is hurting and you folks have your own battlefields.last time i checked it was a movie theater in Colorado.you folks kill off more of your own folks every 4-5 years then you lost in 10 years in Vietnam, something you folks should be really proud about!!!!!

        July 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • cocopuf

      As usual saeed, you are full of Bandhini (that's sh!t, in case you didn't know) LOL

      July 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
    • speaktruth

      robroy

      Yeah im pretty sure its the middle east where you people blow each other up with suicide bombs every other day. We have one psychopath kill 12 people and its a national tragedy. You have one psychopath blow up 80 people and its a day as usual. Hahahahahahahaha.

      Again you are fed propaganda. No we are not in shambles, no we are not bankrupt, no the dollar is not collapsing. Our economy is down yes but if you look in history the economy always goes up and down its called a RECESSION but you wouldn't know that because you don't even have schools over there and even if you did it wouldn't matter because you are BRAINWASHED.

      July 29, 2012 at 8:45 am | Reply

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