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PublishDate: Saturday, June 29, 2013 11:55

US Sends Two Planeloads of Heavy Arms to Syrian Rebels from Afghanistan

These weapons and arms systems include anti-armor and missile systems, rocket-launchers and rockets and tens of armored Humvees.

The US army has sent two huge cargos of heavy weaponries and ammunition from Afghanistan to the rebel groups fighting the Syrian government via Jordan, informed sources revealed on Saturday. 

"The United States sent two huge cargos of its heavy weapons and ammunitions in Afghanistan to the Syrian rebels through Jordan on June 18, the day NATO ceded control of security affairs to the Afghan army and government," A ranking member of the US marine troops deployed in Afghanistan told FNA on Saturday.

"The cargos were sent to Jordan on two 90-ton capacity Russian cargo planes belonging to Poland," added the source, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of his information.

Earlier this year, the same source had informed FNA that the US had started sending the artilleries, armored vehicles and different weapons systems of its troops pulled out from Afghanistan to the rebel groups in Syria.

The source told FNA that the Pentagon made the decision to send a major part of its light and semi-heavy weapons systems and military equipment to the Syrian rebels along with its pullout from Afghanistan when the former US Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, was still in office.

"The decision to send our arms and weapons systems in Afghanistan to the rebel groups in Syria was originally made when the former US Secretary of Defense was in his final days of office, yet the Pentagon has also received the approval of the new Secretary, Chuck Hagel, as well," said the source.

"One of these cargos consists of the light and semi-heavy military tools, equipment and weapons that the US army has gathered and piled up in Kandahar Base and plans to send them to the rebels in Syria in the form of several air and sea cargos and through Turkey and specially Jordan," he explained.

"These weapons and arms systems include anti-armor and missile systems, rocket-launchers and rockets and tens of armored Humvees," the source added, explaining that senior war strategists in the Pentagon believe that they can change the scene of the war in Syria in the interest of the rebel groups with the help of these cargos, specially the shoulder-launched missile systems and the multipurpose Humvee vehicles.

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