President Barack Obama har undertegnet en såkalt «finding» som autoriserer CIA til å trappe opp støtten til opprørerne i Syria.
Dette skjer samtidig som det kommer opplysninger om at Tyrkia har opprettet et hemmelig senter for å koordinere støtten til opprørerne. Senteret ligger nær grensen til Syria. Det er grunn til å anta at det er snakk om aktiv taktisk støtte ikke minst med etterretning, live.
Saudi-Arabia, Qatar og rike familier i Midtøsten finansierer støtten til opprørerne.
Last week, Reuters reported that, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Turkey had established a secret base near the Syrian border to help direct vital military and communications support to Assad’s opponents.
This «nerve centre» is in Adana, a city in southern Turkey about 60 miles (100 km) from the Syrian border, which is also home to Incirlik, a US air base where US military and intelligence agencies maintain a substantial presence.
Turkey’s moderate Islamist government has been demanding Assad’s departure with growing vehemence. Turkish authorities are said by current and former US government officials to be increasingly involved in providing Syrian rebels with training and possibly equipment.
European government sources said wealthy families in Saudi Arabia and Qatar were providing significant financing to the rebels. Senior officials of the Saudi and Qatari governments have publicly called for Assad’s departure.
I denne situasjonen har Obama gitt CIA fullmakt til å øke støtten til opprørerne. Det er naturlig å se disse tingene i sammenheng.
Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorising US support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters.
Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence finding broadly permits the CIA and other US agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.
This and other developments signal a shift toward growing, albeit still circumscribed, support for Assad’s armed opponents – a shift that intensified following last month’s failure of the UN security council to agree on tougher sanctions against the Damascus government.
The White House is for now apparently stopping short of giving the rebels lethal weapons, even as some US allies do just that.
Støtten til opprørerne skjer mer koordinert, også økonomisk.
Also on Wednesday, the US treasury confirmed it had granted authorisation to the Syrian Support Group, Washington representative of one of the most active rebel factions, the Free Syrian Army, to conduct financial transactions on the rebel group’s behalf. The authorisation was first reported on Friday by Al-Monitor, a Middle East news and commentary website.
Det dette munner ut i er at USA deltar i en sunni-arabisk allianse for å styrte Irans viktigste medspiller i regionen, Syria.
A US government source acknowledged that under provisions of the presidential finding, the United States was collaborating with a secret command centre operated by Turkey and its allies.