“The latest edition of the Pew Research Center’s quadrennial survey (http://pewrsr.ch/ICEEDU) finds that for the first time in nearly 40 years a majority of the American public says the United States plays a less important and powerful role as a world leader than it did a decade ago. This short video looks at this and other findings from the survey.”
This video shows Syrian rebels utilizing TOW missiles against forces loyal to President Assad.
“Still, the U.S. plan calls for both small arms and more powerful weapons such as TOW missiles, which can penetrate tanks and other armored vehicles. Rebel forces were pictured last week with some of the first TOW missiles, and sources say that the effort will expand throughout the next year. It’s uncertain if the U.S. is sending the TOW missiles through Saudi Arabia, which is also supporting the rebels.” (NPR).
For more information see:
Bulos, Nabih. “Video shows Syrian rebels may have U.S.-made antitank missiles.” LA Times. April 24, 2014. http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-syria-tank-tow-missiles-20140424,0,6489256.story#ixzz30PoEXTbp
FAS. “TOW.” https://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/tow.htm
NPR. “CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say.”April 23, 2014. http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/04/23/306233248/cia-is-quietly-ramping-up-aid-to-syrian-rebels-sources-say
Sly, Liz. “Syrian rebels who received first U.S. missiles of war see shipment as ‘an important first step’.” Washington Post. April 27, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-rebels-who-received-first-us-missiles-of-war-see-shipment-as-an-important-first-step/2014/04/27/61ec84d8-0f53-4c9f-bf0a-c3395819c540_story.html
“Bassem Sabry, one of Egypt’s most respected bloggers and a democracy advocate who chronicled the country’s turmoil since the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, has died.”