Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
April 11, 2013
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
SUBJECT: Drawdown Pursuant to Section 552(c)(2)of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 of up to $10 Million in Commodities and Services from any Agency of the United States Government to the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) and the Syrian Opposition’s Supreme Military Council (SMC)
Pursuant to the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 552(c)(2) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (FAA), 22 U.S.C. 2348a, I hereby determine that:
(1) as a result of an unforeseen emergency, the provision of assistance under chapter 6 of part II of the FAA in amounts in excess of funds otherwise available for such assistance is important to the national interests of the United States; and
(2) such an unforeseen emergency requires the immediate provision of assistance under chapter 6 of part II of the FAA.
In addition, pursuant to the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 614 of the FAA, I hereby determine that it is important to the security interests of the United States to furnish this assistance to the SOC and the SMC without regard to any other provision of law within the purview of section 614(a)(1) of the FAA.
I therefore direct the drawdown of up to $10 million in nonlethal commodities and services from the inventory and resources of any agency of the United States Government to provide food and medical supplies to the SOC and the SMC for distribution to those in need.
The Secretary of State is authorized and directed to report this determination to the Congress, to arrange for its publication in the Federal Register, and to coordinate execution of this drawdown.
US, Israel arm al-Qaeda to break Syria into pieces: Dr. Kevin Barrett
PressTVGlobalNews – Apr 12, 2013
An analyst says if al-Nusra has admitted links to al-Qaeda then the US has been handing weapons to al-Qaeda in Syria.
In the background of this the al-Nusra rebel Group in Syria, financed and supported with equipment and training by certain Western and Arab countries, has confessed to be a part of al-Qaeda. Syria is now urging the United Nations to classify the al-Nusra Front as an al-Qaeda-linked group. Syria has always maintained that the bulk of fighting and atrocity in Syria is being conducted by these extremist foreign entities funded by a coalition of enemy countries and that there is no civil war as Western media are leading their populations to believe.
Press TV has interviewed Kevin Barrett, author and political commentator, Madison about this issue.
US to increase its help to Syrian militants
PressTVGlobalNews – Apr 12, 2013
The leaders of Syria’s foreign-backed opposition have reiterated their appeals for Washington’s further support for their fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
A senior US State Department official, not named in the report, said that during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the G8 summit on Wednesday in London, Syria’s opposition leaders once again called on the US to supply them with weaponry.
“We are always considering a variety of options, we are going to continue to aid the opposition, working with them in terms of what they need, in terms of what we’re willing to provide,” the US official said.
Kerry has said that the US administration is looking at possible ways to increase its help to the militants in Syria. According to official sources, he is also set to take part in an upcoming meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria group in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 20. Washington has publicly claimed that it only offers “nonlethal” aid to the gangs trying to overthrow the Syrian government.