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    CIA Prepares to Arm Syrian Rebels With Lethal Weapons if Truce Collapses

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    The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) prepares to supply Syrian rebels with more lethal weapons should the fledgling cessation of hostilities in the Arab republic collapse, US media reported, citing officials.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The message that "all bets will be off" and the so-called Plan B will come into force should the truce collapse and negotiations lead nowhere was reportedly relayed by CIA Director John Brennan and State Secretary John Kerry in private meetings with Russian counterparts.

    "The outside patrons will double and triple down, throwing everything they can into Syria, including much more lethal weaponry," a senior US President Barack Obama administration official told The Wall Street Journal late Tuesday.

    The CIA and its regional partners are considering various types of anti-aircraft weapons for deliveries to Syrian rebels, although US and Mideast officials declined to specify the precise systems, citing the program's sensitivity and concerns with Syrian government backers' possible countermeasures.

    "The agreement is to up the ante, if needed," a senior US official conveyed the CIA’s message to the US coalition backing Syrian rebels.

    The so-called Plan A cessation of hostilities between Syrian government forces and rebel groups, with the exception of terrorist networks operating in the country, took effect on February 27 and has been described as largely holding despite violations.

    The day after Russia and the United States negotiated the ceasefire, on February 23, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said the United States was "not ruling out a plan B" in case the truce did not hold. Russia questioned US commitment to the cessation of hostilities with its contingency plan.

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    • avatar
      tonyw247
      so whats new...america has been doing this all along..If anybody ever wanted proof of americas intentions regarding Syria you have it right here in this statement...america is spreading dissent and wants these talks to fail..that is why it is offering this "carrot" to the insurgents and terrorists. I wonder if they will go as far as nuclear weaponry..it would not surprise me in the least. with the terrorists expecting lethal weapons by the shipload they may not be as keen to go back to living like normal people..america GO TO HELL
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      cast235
      WAIT until they use those things. What they want is that Russia bring the MOST powerful systems to study them. Russia will destroy all and as last time, All will be NATO'S FAULT.
      What they want is that SYRIA force a REGIME CHANGE to add puppets like in Ukraine.

      They THINK everyone is DUMB.

      West not even show what is going on in the NATION.

      Now IF that happens, Russia MUST NOT add a truce and end the job. Militarily.
    • Red Dawn
      The ceasefire was used for this purpose and they are armed and ready. The ceasfire is about to collapse.
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      dvdgrg09
      The peace talks are a tactical sham, Plan B is the new Plan A. And it won't work, the criminals will be defeated and their proxies will be destroyed.
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      gbiyanju
      If you ask me, based on the history of all agreements/treaties anyone or party has ever made with US/West/NATO, it would be naive, incompetent and unprofessional, not to have and, for all intents, already carried out a plan that defeats and renders US/West's plan B of no effect whatsoever.
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