What kind of weapons, and when will they come?
Those are the questions rebels heading back to Syria and Syrian refugees languishing in Lebanon asked after learning the Obama administration is now prepared to arm the rebellion against President Bashar Assad.
Syrian rebels and refugees in makeshift camps peppering Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley said they welcome the White House’s decision but questioned whether the weapons supplied will be sophisticated enough and arrive in time to help them repel an expected offensive by Assad on the northern city of Aleppo.
Opposition activists are braced for a fresh deployment of thousands of militiamen from Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese Shia movement that has now committed to all-out backing of Assad. Hours after the Obama administration’s announcement Friday, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah vowed in a televised statement, “We will not change our position.”