1. MISDIRECTED

    Jihadists Obtain Most Syrian Arms

    Volunteers for the Amr Ibn Al-Aass brigade stand behind their rifles during a training session on the outskirts of Azaz, in northern Syria, on September 19, 2012. Syrian rebels gained control of a border crossing on the Turkish frontier after clashes with troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Turkey's private NTV television reported. AFP PHOTO/MIGUEL MEDINA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Weapons sent by Saudi Arabia and Qatar to aid Syrian rebels are ending up in the hands of Islamic jihadists, according to officials in the Middle East and the United States. The U.S. has supported a policy of indirect aid to the forces seeking to overthrow dictator Bashar al-Assad. New information, however, indicates to some officials that American-backed aid may be inadvertently equipping the jihadists and not secular opposition forces. “The opposition groups that are receiving the most of the lethal aid are exactly the ones we don’t want to have it,” one American official said.

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