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US Training & Equipping Syrian Rebels: US-Made Anti-Tank Missiles Already In Use. Kerry: U.S. Plans To More Than Double Aid To Civilian Syrian National Coalition


New York Times says training already underway in unnamed country in region; Secretary of State Kerry to announce transfer of direct aid to rebels including food, medical supplies

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4350608,00.html

American Anti-Tank Missile Filmed In Syria

The following video posted on an activist channel for Talbiseh, Homs shows a very unusual projectile previously unseen in the conflict

The projectile belongs to an American M47 Dragon, a wire-guided anti-tank missile in service with the US military until 2001.

A diagram of the projectile is shown below

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kIH5xfNBg1Y/US0WjTgSBXI/AAAAAAAABEo/Hc5u1d2aJDY/s400/M47%20Dragon%20diagram.jpg

“Octol” refers to the type of explosive used, more details of which are here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octol

M225 is the type of warhead, and HE refers to high explosive.

http://brown-moses.blogspot.com/2013/02/american-anti-tank-missile-filmed-in.html

Friends of Syria group deplores “unabated” arms supply to Assad government by third countries-final statement after Rome meeting

SANA: Many people killed in a car bomb explosion in Homs

https://twitter.com/LBCI_News_EN

Unprecedented strong backing by the US to the Syrian Coalition and its Supreme Military Council.

https://twitter.com/hhassan140

U.S. plans to more than double aid to civilian Syrian National Coalition, providing additional $60 million: Kerry

https://twitter.com/Saserief

DEPT OF STATE:

https://twitter.com/StateDept

SecKerry: I am proud to announce US will provide an additional $60 million in non-lethal assistance to support Syrian Opposition Coalition.

SecKerry gives remarks on Syria: Bashar al-Assad is out of time, must be out of power.

(Photo) SecKerry and opposition leaders from Syria prepare for a photo after their meeting this morning in Rome.

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BEL_EeOCcAAOx3E.jpg:large

In the most extreme American involvement to date, the ‘New York Times’ reports the US is drastically increasing rebel support; report comes the day after the White House says the US seeking to increase “non-lethal” assistance.

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=304872

US announces direct non-lethal battlefield aid for Syrian rebels $60 million

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/28/17129047-us-to-send-rations-medical-supplies-to-syrian-rebels-but-not-weapons?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=1

 

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