Source: U.S. trained rebels return to Syria
A Syrian rebel crosses a street while trying to dodge sniper fire in the old city of Aleppo in northern Syria on March 11, 2013.
March 15th, 2013
08:47 AM ET

Source: U.S. trained rebels return to Syria

The first Syrian rebels trained by U.S. military and intelligence officers in Jordan returned to Syria on Thursday, a senior rebel spokesman told CNN.

About 300 rebel fighters received specialized training in Jordan in the use of various weapons, including anti-tank, anti-aircraft and other types of advanced systems, the spokesman said.

More rebel fighters are currently undergoing training.

Syrian rebels' efforts to topple President Bashar al-Assad have claimed more than 60,000 lives since the fighting began in March 2011. Another 940,000 have fled the country and more than 10% of Syria's 20 million residents have been forced to move elsewhere inside the country, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has said.

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  1. khgfutruyghjhfh

    (...)WHO ARE THE RUSIAN OLIGARCHS TAKING MONEY FROM SAVINGS ACCOUNTS IN CYPRUS(...)

    March 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  2. gcddtyjfxethj

    LOOKS LIKE ASSAD USES CYPRUS BANKING SYSTEM TO THE LOSS OF THOSE CITIZENS

    March 18, 2013 at 11:44 am | Reply
  3. john sydeny fiorvante

    nope.

    March 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  4. eddie russo

    One day America will be just the Soviets in the 80's, Money runs out economy callapeses your done. No body cant go on for ever and ever continue do what you do. God' wrath its on its way.

    March 16, 2013 at 1:25 am | Reply
    • Kerry

      Well said, eddie. Thank you.

      March 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • john smith

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      March 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  5. George Patton-2

    I knew it all along. Those right-wing thugs in Washington will not be happy until they manage to set up another U.S. backed pseudo-democracy in Syria just like they did in Iraq and Libya. And we're paying for the whole thing while Medicare and Medicaid are being cut back ever further and schools are closing all across the country!!!

    March 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      schools are closed!!! you re lucky bro; your property tax should go down by at least 60%.

      March 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  6. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    March 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      Now the above is a sensible comment. Thank you, John.

      March 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  7. saeed

    hahahahhah usa 1 nuke from china and godbye 300 billon irish half breeds boooooooom and the entire american continent gets removed from the earths surface.

    March 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      saeed name does not sound like Chinese, are you sure you're Chinese and not moslem?

      March 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  8. George Patton

    train 'em, arm 'em, let them kill each others. They are not meant to hold degrees and jobs.

    March 15, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  9. Rob Torres

    Just remember that all that training and equipment will eventually be used in the future against American troops or civilians. We apparently didn't learn from that from the Mujaheddin. Just exactly what type of anti-aircraft weapons? MPADS?

    March 15, 2013 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • Steve

      I dont get how the American public stills allows the government to pull this crud.

      March 16, 2013 at 1:54 am | Reply
  10. Nope

    The more I think about this, the more I think this could be a genius move. Give the rebels help: Not enough to win, just enough to not lose. Keep this cluster_ going as long as possible. Let the militants from the surrounding areas come in and fight just like Iraq; the major difference being we have no troops on the ground and no skin in the game. Let Iran and Russia spend $ and manpower and keep the extremists occupied with something other than plotting attacks on the US.

    March 15, 2013 at 10:50 am | Reply
  11. markavelli

    IIsnt this exactly how the U.S. create Osama Bin Laden? Choosing sides is the worst we can possibly be doing.
    I thought we study the past to learn from it?

    March 15, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • markavelli

      Oh man did I butcher that one with poor grammar...apologies.

      March 15, 2013 at 10:51 am | Reply
  12. CitzenUS

    Are they sure this is consistent with the Republicans declaration of we are involved in ONLY one war....not the 2 or 3 left behind by Bush. At CEPAC they've made it clear that we have one war....and that is with radical Islam.....I don't agree with the wing nuts.....they are less informed than my 10 year old...but that is their opinion. Is this policy to arm Islamic Rebels to battle with other rebels consistent with Republican policy? After all, Republicans are THE PARTY of wars and big government...which is defined when you have such a huge and massive military.

    March 15, 2013 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Nope

      Pssst...Obama is a Democrat.

      March 15, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • markavelli

      Why are you ranting about republicans when it is the president you elected who is training these rebels? Are you that desperate to lynch a conservative?

      -Moderate

      March 15, 2013 at 10:47 am | Reply
  13. SAS

    Run that bit about American "peacemaking" in the Middle East.

    March 15, 2013 at 10:18 am | Reply
  14. John

    Good luck with this. You are providing training to people who after getting rid of govt in this country will attack and kill Christians. Learn from what happened in Libya, you got rid of Gadafi what happened after that? Same people with weapons and training you provided attacked embassy and killed innocent Chris Stevens. Look at Iraq; it will be in messed up satiation for next 100 years. Majority of people in these countries will always hate us and want to kill us, it will not change. Look at Pakistan, they burned entire village of Christians. Thousands of Christians in Pakistan are left with no home and robbed of all their life earnings. Muslims in Pakistan burned many neighborhoods and killed Christians. Its better such countries are left the way they are kept in order by the existing government even though by dictators. When you supply weapons and training to rebels and terrorists you succeed in getting rid of one dictators but in process you kill millions of innocents and whole country will turn against you and hate you for next 1000 years.

    March 15, 2013 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • Steve

      It seems like the military industrial complex needs to make sure a new generation of enemy, to keep itself relevant.

      March 16, 2013 at 2:00 am | Reply
  15. xyz198155

    Another step by the US towards creating its own enemies...No wonder terrorists want to cause harm to US

    March 15, 2013 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      well that's a future thing, but right now they are serving the purpose of killing trouble making muslims, only way to make Middle East trouble free. Let's all hope these 300 rebels would kill 3000 terrorists.

      March 15, 2013 at 10:26 am | Reply
      • xyz198155

        Life does not work like that...what goes around comes around mate....If you think you will walk trouble free by making your hands dirty in something, that is wrong...You think this will kill muslims, when in fact it could create 100 more OSAMAs, what will u do then?

        March 15, 2013 at 11:00 am |
      • George Patton

        my xyz friend, you create vaccine out of virus you want to kill. We will kill all 100 OSAMAs.

        March 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
      • xyz198155

        Okay as per you then, lets kill all on this planet! That will be good!

        March 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • George Patton

        I did not say we kill them. They are doing themselves, we are just providing technical support.

        March 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
  16. Nope

    I think Kisssinger put it best when referring to the Iran-Iraq war: "Its too bad they both cant lose".

    March 15, 2013 at 10:04 am | Reply
  17. CIA

    The Feds ARE monitoring these comments.

    March 15, 2013 at 9:25 am | Reply
    • Steve

      Good, hopefully they read these comments. Then I hope they realize the American public is tired of these black-ops type missions.

      March 16, 2013 at 1:57 am | Reply
  18. Just Venting

    It would be better if Russia and the USA was on the same page but that's probably never going to happen. Why is USA supporting rebel fighters when we have NO MONEY to pay our own bills! We support rebels who kidnap UN peacekeepers? Well we should double check our thinking process! Why are we wasting money on countries that have and always will be in conflict. We waste billions on countries who will go back to fighting each other as soon as we leave. And they will hate us forever anyway. Why are we compelled to interfere with every country that has a problem. Who out there is going to help out the USA? Any takers ? All well, just venting. Could go on more but got better things to do. Peace!

    March 15, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • agree

      I agree with you 100%. I am in the Army and we are going through so many budget cuts it is not funny. We need to quit backing all the countries, work on our paying off the billions of dallors we owe, and instead of cuting the military build it up to defened our own country. The goverment wants to make Fed workers take a day off of work without pay to save money well quit spending money on countries that will never change so that you can pay the people in our own country.

      March 15, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply

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