British Government to Send Military Aid to Syrian Rebels

Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office/flickrCredit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office/flickrThe British Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced that the U.K. will send armored vehicles and body armor to Syrian rebels. From Sky News:

In a statement to the Commons, William Hague said Britain would increase aid to Syrian opposition forces, including providing "new types of non-lethal equipment for the protection of civilians", after EU sanctions had been amended.

He said the UK, along with the National Coalition, was in the middle of trying to identify "the protective equipment that will be of most use to them and likely to save most lives".

"It will certainly include armoured four-wheel drive vehicles to help opposition forces move around more freely as well as personal protection equipment including body armour," he added.

Testing equipment to provide evidence of any use of chemical weapons by the regime and training for armed groups in international human rights and legal standards is also being sent.

Mr Hague said £3m had been allocated this month for the work with another £10m to follow - urging other countries to do the same.

Understandably some Members of Parliament are concerned about where this might lead.

The announcement comes on the same day that the Arab League released a statement saying that members are free to send weapons to the Syrian rebels.

Secretary of State John Kerry recently announced that the U.S. would not be providing Syrian rebels with military aid. From Middle East Online:

Kerry stressed there was no question of arming the Syrian opposition, even as his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal insisted on the right of Syrians to self-defence.

The United States will continue to work with its "friends to empower the Syrian opposition," Kerry told reporters during a joint press conference with Prince Saud.

Asked about reports of arms being sent to Syria's rebels from countries such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Kerry replied: "The moderate opposition has the ability to make sure that the weapons are getting to them and not to the wrong hands."

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  • AlmightyJB||

    Well it's only fair to start arming them now, since we'll probably be fighting them in five years. Why does reason hate the MIC.

  • Gladstone||

    Got to get good intel on future enemies.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Understandably some Members of Parliament are concerned about where this might lead."

    It's always a good idea to consider the likely consequences of any course of action, but some people might need a refresher on this:

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

    There isn't anything that absolutely necessitates putting boots on the ground--except for putting boots on the ground.

  • Ken Shultz||

    In updated news, Syrian rebels are now holding 21 UN peacekeepers hostage.

    The British are rethinking that support in 3...2...1...

  • Pro Libertate||

    Oh, I see. So when people talk about going to the Hague, they mean him.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Kerry stressed there was no question of arming the Syrian opposition, even as his Saudi counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal insisted on the right of Syrians to self-defence.

    The United States will continue to work with its "friends to empower the Syrian opposition," Kerry told reporters during a joint press conference with Prince Saud.
    "I summon my blue-eyed slaves anytime it pleases me. I command the Americans to send me their bravest soldiers to die for me. Anytime I clap my hands a stupid genie called the American ambassador appears to do my bidding. When the Americans die in my service their bodies are frozen in metal boxes by the US Embassy and American airplanes carry them away, as if they never existed. Truly, America is my favorite slave."
    King Fahd Bin Abdul-Aziz, Jeddeh 1993
  • ZinxMinx||

    Dude sure does talk a LOT of smaclk!

    www.NetAnon.da.bz

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