How effective has the US government been with its recent interventions in influencing international crises?




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The US influence in the Syrian conflict has increased since the conflict began in March 0f 2011 ....
-the US is now providing military aid to rebels.
-In April 2013, the US promised to double non-lethal aid to rebels, to $250 million.
- $15 Million has been provided to the civilian opposition
-On 13 June, US approved providing lethal arms to the Supreme Military Council
-The U.S. warned Syria’s President Assad that he better keep his chemical weapons to himself and not use them on rebel forces. P.S. The world is watching.

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The Story: The U.S. officially warned Syria’s President Assad that he better keep his chemical weapons to himself and not use them on rebel forces. P.S. The world is watching.
The Why (Do I Need to Skimm): Syria has been in the midst of a civil war for nearly two years, with President Assad’s military forces coming into brutal contract with the opposition who wants him out. Obama’s warning didn’t make it clear how the U.S. would respond if Assad refused to listen or what made the U.S. think Syria might use its chemical weapons, but if it sounds like a warning and looks like a red line, it could be Obama and Hillz talking about what “taking action” might mean.

Group 6: How has the US government influenced the Syrian conflict?

From Wikipedia:

United States

In June 2012, the Central Intelligence Agency was reported to be involved in covert operations along the Turkish-Syrian border, where agents investigated rebel groups, recommending arms providers which groups to give aid to. Agents also helped opposition forces develop supply routes, and provided them with communications training.[17] CIA operatives distributed assault rifles, anti-tank rocket launchers and other ammunition to Syrian opposition. The State Department has reportedly allocated $15 million for civilian opposition groups in Syria.[18]
In July 2012, the United States government granted a non-governmental organization called Syrian Support Group a license to fund the Free Syrian Army.[19]
In early March 2013, a Jordanian security source revealed that the United States, Britain, and France were training non-Islamist rebels in Jordan.[20]

In April 2013, the Obama administration promised to double non-lethal aid to rebels, specifically to $250 million.[21]

On 13 June, government officials state that the Obama administration, after days of high-level meetings, has approved providing lethal arms to the Supreme Military Council (SMC).[22]

The SMC is a rebel command structure that includes representatives from most major rebel groups, and excludes the Islamic extremist elements.[23] The decision was made shortly after the administration has concluded that the Assad government has used chemical weapons on opposition forces, thus crossing the "red line" drawn by Obama earlier in 2012.[24] The arms will include small arms and ammunition, and possibly anti-tank weapons.[25] However, they will not include anti-aircraft weapons, something repeatedly requested by the armed opposition.[25] Further such weapons would be supplied by the US "on our own timeline".[26] The United States is also considering a no-fly zone in southern Syria, which would allow a safe place to equip and train rebels.[27]
An argument exists that the Obama administration is not interested in a quick victory in Syria, instead it wants a protracted conflict to drain Iranian and Hezbollah resources.[28][29][30]


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