The United States allocated a 12.8-million-dollar budget to armed rebels in Syria to help them increase terrorist attacks against civilians in a bid to intensify unrests and turmoil in the country and eventually overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
The money will bring the total sum of the US financial aids to opposition forces to over $52 million, said Mark Toner, a deputy spokesperson for the US Department of State.
The budget was ratified under the guise of humanitarian aids to the Syrian people.
Toner told a daily press briefing that Deputy Assistant Secretary Kelly Clements, who is of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, recently represented the United States at the meeting of the Syria Humanitarian Forum in Geneva.
“And while there, she (Clements) did announce another $12.8 million in assistance for those suffering from the violence in Syria,” Toner said.
The official also confirmed reports that US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford was declared there persona non grata.
“We have been officially notified, via the Polish Embassy from the Government of Syria, that he has been officially PNGed by the regime…,” Toner said. “He’s going to continue to remain – or maintain contact with the Syrian opposition.”
Syria called envoys of several western countries – including France, Australia, Britain, Spain, Germany and Canada – as personae non grata after the same states expelled its diplomatic corps from their countries last Tuesday.
According to UN estimates, about 10,000 people have been killed in Syria since the beginning of unrests and terrorist attacks in March 2011, which started with peaceful protests but has since grown increasingly militarized by the weapons provided by the country’s Arab and western enemies.
Since then, Syria has been experiencing unrest with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.
The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.
In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.
The US daily, Washington Post, reported that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad’s government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.
The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.
According to the report, material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border.
Opposition activists who two months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons – most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past – has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.