US and Israeli shipments to the Syrian rebels.


"On May 2, the Syrian Military Intelligence detected and seized a weapon shipment, which was on its way from southern Syria to the besieged militants in the northern Homs countryside, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

The shipment included dozens of US-made M72 LAW anti-tank rockets, dozens of mortar and RPG rounds, a Soviet-made Konkurs Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) and a large amount of ammunition for 12,7, 14,5 and 23mm machineguns."  SF


"A second shipment containing Israel-made medicine and medical supplies was seized by the Syrian Military Intelligence in the Damascus desert. The SANA said that the second shipment had also been on its way to the besieged militants in the Eastern Homs countryside."  SF


It seems likely that these shipments originated  at the US post at Al-Tanf having been brought to that place through Jordan and with the knowledge of that government.  The presence of Syrian Government forces on the Euphrates River would seem to block shipments from the US controlled area east of the river. It seems unlikely that either shipment was made by infiltration from the Golan Heights.  That would be a very hard thing to do.

It is unclear from this piece if the destinations for this materiel were the Rastan Pocket just north of Homs City or the Big Sandy pocket south of the line Palmyra-Deir al Zor.

The Rastan Pocket is rapidly being reduced by negotiation and threat of Tiger Force attention.  The M5 motorway to Aleppo is being re-opened even as I write.  This pocket IS NOT occupied by IS. 

On the other hand, if the shipments or parts of them were going to the Big Sandy that would be revelatory because all the hostiles in that one ARE IS.  Some are the survivors of the government offensive that relieved Deir al-Zor and the Euphrates west bank and others are the result of busing after surrender in western Syria.

The US insists that it does not support IS, but if there are  shipments from Al-Tanf to the Big Sandy this claim would be markedly weakened.  pl

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