[NB: This post has been updated to reflect reality.] “The British-made AS-50, accurate from a distance of 20 football fields, is made for British Special Forces and has been used by Navy SEALs,” foxnew.com reports. Be as it may be, no. The gun in the video is a Chinese knock-off. But that doesn’t stop Fox from pursuing a good if fictional story. “Even if the rifle is a cheap knock-off of the AS-50, it has raised questions about who is supplying such devastating hardware. . . . The video, showing jihadist rebels of the ‘Descendents [sic] of the Prophet Brigade‘ firing one of the world’s most effective sniper rifles, should be cause for alarm,” said David Reaboi, of the Washington-based Center for Security Policy . . .
“We don’t know who has been supplying this group (or the myriad others) with these weapons [the Chinese?] but, given the jihadist ideology of these groups, it’s only a matter of time until they’re turned on Americans or our allies and interests.”
So even if we didn’t supply a $10k (retail) Accuracy International rifle in some roundabout or direct way to the Syrians, we’re sending them other weapons, no?
The Free Syrian Army has been receiving weapons from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – all close allies of the U.S. But the U.S. has repeatedly stated that it has sent no weapons to the opposition forces.
Directly. Sent no weapons to the opposition forces directly. Because that would be wrong! What are the odds?