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All right -- new concerns at the Syrian conflict could spark a wider war in the region violence is already spilling over to different countries including Turkey there on the map in Lebanon as well.
This happening is new clashes are breaking out in parts of Syria.
With reports of rebels turning -- -- extremists like al-Qaeda affiliate seeking control in some areas in the meantime Syrian president aside.
It saying that he has received the first shipments.
-- Russian air defense missiles that were talked about earlier this week that move is expected to increase tension in this year I'm conflict.
And undermine -- after it's been spurred by the UN in part team starts and peace talks.
The arrival these -- -- coming days after a visit from.
Arizona Senator John McCain he met with some rebels and he says he's confident that we can send weapons to the fighters in Syria.
Without the risk that they'll fall into the wrong hands.
We're joined now on the phone by someone who has spent a lot of time in Syria and is currently right across the border in Turkey Tom Peter.
-- a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor we talked him when he's in DC and and -- -- back overseas time just a quick question I just saw one report from Turkey that the Turkish military has returned fire.
Into Syria our across the border into Syria.
What do what do we know about that.
Yeah yeah incident happened a relatively recently but they're still not too much information out but what appears to have happened at about 1 o'clock Turkish -- today.
Syria -- Turkish armored vehicle received fire from someone on the Syrian side of the border in.
That may have returned fire.
Throughout the course of the war.
You know over the past two years there's been incidents where.
You know it did -- in buyer has come into Turkey and Turkey has responded to varying degrees but for the most part of the Turkish military always been relatively reserved in his response.
You know presumably trying not to get dragged into you know the military.
Situation where -- -- more than just a few artillery round that it fired back.
And it -- of -- that the big concern we -- the Turkish president was this recently in DC meeting with our president and certainly topic.
A lot of conversation you've spent -- told us this that.
In your time in Syria you haven't seen.
Violence like this ever in your career and he spent a lot of time in Afghanistan Iraq as well so I'm curious what EU.
Make of a few different reports one in -- its report the Wall Street Journal today.
That rebels are turning up on rebels.
Really big that chaos is -- at an extreme level inside Syria what are your thoughts about -- -- those reports -- and what's your experience.
Yeah we've been seeing this for a long time and in Syria there's.
Being in areas that have been controlled by this Syrian opposition.
One of the problems is that there's really no centralized.
Leadership we have these.
These bodies you know let -- -- the most.
Kind of a well developed example where they actually develop this kind of representative government where they had.
People from from each -- district as opposition controlled area go to outside -- Syria and elect these councilman but now that the count politically do anything -- -- doesn't have any money it would likely that a lot of plans but.
Don't have the resource is so.
Without having any kind of central government in these areas where you're seeing happening is it is factionalism.
A lot of these different groups that are kind of vying for power control -- influence.
-- are pretty against each other because there's no unified vision and he faces some groups would like to be.
More an Islamic style government -- -- like it more kind of secular system.
Stumbling -- -- -- -- and and so we're seeing is.
-- the longer this goes on the longer there isn't some sort of unified leadership.
The more we're seeing.
Rebels having a really difficult time getting along and in some cases is that even escalating to.
-- armed -- -- armed conflict or violence between different rebel group.
So -- -- really describing is that there's not these clear defined lines between groups and that's one of the concerns that has been raised when it comes to arming that this so called rebels like the rebels are somehow this one big group that we can just -- know who they are.
What if Senator John McCain -- Jason Terry he spent we believe that just about a day there.
And he spent a considerable amount of time we were just looking -- -- photographs from inside the country what do you think we need to consider.
When it comes to the decision about whether or not to provide arms to some of these groups.
Well it's really difficult when you're doing this I mean I think that the US government and though they haven't been to -- in their involvement in Syria.
Well what you can hear about when you talk to that the people who are involved in this you know and State Department.
And US intelligence -- that they are doing a pretty good job from what I've heard mapping that the human terrain if you will they of love looking at who is inside Syria what the different groups are so.
If you're -- decision that they want to start sending weapons they should have a pretty good idea of who they can give weapons to.
Where really -- get tricky is the then there's there's there's no clear division today -- who's who and crews working with soon -- you you have these groups that might be you know willing to work with America that would have.
Of the values or or or would be -- group for the US to work with.
But on the front line they're working with groups that have connections to tell Qaeda.
Or other groups.
Did our our.
Potentially dangerous to American security so -- these weapons -- to get out there there's there's.
They could really shift to a lot of different things there are different groups that that America might not be comfortable army.
-- also mean -- -- should point out that.
There's there's -- one of the people that met with that Senator McCain.
Is reported to have been involved in a fairly -- high profile kidnapping case so.
It's really difficult that they even with people that we know and we tried.
Inside Syria and that there is there there really isn't that got clear answer as to who we can safely arm.
And no a 100%.
These arms are not going to be used.
In a way that would potentially be counter to the interest of American security.
Very interestingly saying about who Senator McCain met with and against some of that the different variables he should consider thank you as always time for the indictable perspective we look forward to checking back in with the in the next.
And the next several weeks thank you so much.
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