Report: CIA Guns Destined For Syrian Rebels Stolen, Used to Kill Americans

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Jun 27, 2016 4:00 PM
Report: CIA Guns Destined For Syrian Rebels Stolen, Used to Kill Americans

The New York Times is out with an alarming report today detailing how guns intended for Syrian rebels ended up on the black market and eventually used to kill two Americans overseas. 

Weapons shipped into Jordan by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to American and Jordanian officials.

Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November that killed two Americans and three others at a police training facility in Amman, F.B.I. officials believe after months of investigating the attack, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The existence of the weapons theft, which ended only months ago after complaints by the American and Saudi governments, is being reported for the first time after a joint investigation by The New York Times and Al Jazeera. The theft, involving millions of dollars of weapons, highlights the messy, unplanned consequences of programs to arm and train rebels — the kind of program the C.I.A. and Pentagon have conducted for decades — even after the Obama administration had hoped to keep the training program in Jordan under tight control.

These revelations bring back memories of Operation Fast and Furious, when the Obama Justice Department deliberately sold, trafficked and lost more than 2500 rifles to Mexican cartels south of the border. Rifles from the operation were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed by Mexican bandits in Arizona's Rio Valley in December 2010. 

After months of rumors and allegations, last year it was confirmed weapons were being trafficked by the United States through Benghazi to Syrian rebels in the Middle East. 

A Defense Intelligence Agency memo from Sept. 16, 2012, concluded that the Benghazi terror attack was planned at least 10 days in advance to coincide with 9/11 and was in retaliation for a drone strike that killed an al Qaeda strategist. The memo was copied to the National Security Council, the State Department and the CIA.

“The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for the [U.S.] killing of Aboyahiye (Alaliby) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings,” the memo said.

Judicial Watch obtained the memos by suing in federal court.

“The Obama administration says it was a coincidence that [the Benghazi attack] occurred on 9/11. In fact, their intelligence said it wasn’t a coincidence, and in fact, specifically the attack occurred because it was 9/11,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

Another 2012 DIA memo predicts the rise of ISIS and the establishment of a caliphate 17 months before President Barack Obama called ISIS “jay-vee.”

A third DIA memo, dated Oct. 5, 2012, leaves no doubt that U.S. intelligence agencies knew that weapons were moving from Libya to Syria before the attack that killed four Americans.

And as a reminder, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denies knowing anything about it.