American M4A1 Rifle Being Used by The Free Syrian Army


The M4A1 is the latest, most up-to-date infantry rifle in use by the American military. It is the very-upgraded version of the M-16 A2 (that was the standard infantry rifle in years past) which is now in use by the American military in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

You don’t just ‘find’ rifles such as these at gun shows. They are expensive and much harder to get than the standard AK47 used throughout the Middle East.

The point is, someone is giving the Syrian rebels these weapons, and I don’t think we need to bust our brains in figuring out just who it is.

  1. #1 by bostonblah on 05/13/2012 - 9:34

    nothing new here ,i saw a video months ago of them holding a tar 21

  2. #2 by Ingrid B on 05/14/2012 - 9:34

    Those who arm, and finance, these mindless, brutal slayers, are despicable..

  3. #3 by abdurrahman on 05/14/2012 - 9:34

    This video clip or the notion that government opposition groups in Syria use the M4 is not very meaningful on its own because many Arab armies and resistance groups use the M4 or M16 derivatives such as: the Jordanian army, the IDF, Hezbollah and Hamas. Furthermore, it would make more sense for the Americans to supply them with AK47’s as the 7.62x39mm ammo is more readily available in Syria than the NATO 5.56×45mm round which the M4 uses. Also AK47’s are a lot cheaper.

    –note from me, MG–what you say is true,except that the modern M4 is NOT readily available as a typical M16 variant (A1 or A2) as it was manufactured in limited numbers specifically for the US military fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Were these rebels using a typical M16 A1 or A2, it would not worth noting, but an M4 puts it in a different catagory altogether.

  4. #4 by Adalberto Erazo Jr. on 05/14/2012 - 9:34

    @ Kaukab Siddique

    If you are reading this post. Please explain this damning evidence about the FSA receiving this help from the Americans.

  5. #5 by Ingrid B on 05/15/2012 - 9:34

    @Adalberto, he probably can`t, explain..

  6. #6 by Ingrid B on 05/15/2012 - 9:34

    or won`t..

  7. #7 by brian on 05/17/2012 - 9:34

    US arming the terrorists

    Syria, Iran and a U.S.-GCC Weapons Leak
    May 17, 2012 | 0127 GMT
    The Washington Post reported Wednesday that U.S. officials have given the green light for weapons, funded by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states as well as the United States, to be delivered to rebels in Syria. According to the report, armaments including anti-tank weapons are making their way to the Syrian rebels and materiel is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border. However, no U.S. troops or intelligence personnel were said to be in Syria.
    Persistent rumors of such aid have been circulating for months, particularly originating in Beirut, as well as reports that U.S. Special Forces have been training and organizing the resistance. Beirut is a city filled with rumors, all contradictory and all delivered with conviction. It is impossible to believe that the United States has not sent intelligence personnel into Syria. The need to know what is happening on the ground and to make contact with the rebels is obviously crucial for Washington. Supplying weapons to rebels would also require such on-the-ground intelligence. It is possible that military personnel have not been deployed there, but if they were, Washington would deny it.
    What is important about this is that it appeared in The Washington Post, and would appear to originate with official sources in Washington. Clearly, Washington now wants a number of facts to be known. First, weapons — including anti-tank weapons — are now being delivered. The latter is important since tanks have been a mainstay of the Syrian military in fighting the rebels. Second, the funding is coming from other Arab countries. Third, the weapons are already in the country, indicating that this has been going on for a while now. Finally, this does not mean the United States is becoming militarily involved.
    It is interesting that the report comes on the heels of the GCC meeting that failed to move forward on unification policies. Fear of Iranian reaction, along with disagreement within the GCC over what unification would entail, caused the organization to postpone action. The decision left the United States, which had released weapons to Bahrain, in an exposed position. The U.S. decision to reveal that the GCC countries were aiding rebels in Syria alongside the United States was intended to let Iran know that relations between the United States and the GCC are good. It was also intended to demonstrate that the United States was prepared to take a stand against Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime, and to take it publicly, if only by leak.
    It is also interesting that Israeli news outlet Haaretz leaked that Israeli military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi “secretly” visited Washington and the United Nations headquarters in New York two weeks ago and allegedly delivered an Israeli reassessment that Israeli interests would be better served by toppling Assad than by preserving the Assad regime. That statement struck as potentially counterproductive as Israel’s opposition strengthens the case for Assad in many circles. In addition, it is unclear what the Israelis can do in Syria. Still, it was another sign that the United States was trying to organize a more public and active opposition to Assad.
    The reason for U.S. concern is obvious. As Stratfor has been saying, the survival of the Assad regime would extend Iranian influence to the Mediterranean. The United States has been opposing strikes on Iran directly, but it obviously feels that it must become more assertive on Syria. The problem with this story is that it is not clear that the Syrian opposition can utilize the weapons. By all accounts, they are so divided and dispersed that putting these weapons to effective use is going to be difficult.
    A peculiarity of the story is that it names the places where the weapons have been stockpiled. We assume that part of the story is false, as it will cause the Syrians to leave no stone unturned to find the weapons. It may be that the story itself was planted to drive the Syrians to tremendous wasted effort. This is a story that in general makes sense. The United States needs to act against Assad to block the Iranians, and the weapons have been flowing for a while. What doesn’t make sense are the details on timing, location and the presence of U.S. personnel.
    Those details actually lend credibility to the leak.

    Comments? Send them to responses@stratfor.com

  8. #8 by Ariel Fornari (@ArielFornari) on 05/18/2012 - 9:34

    I thought this was a carbine not a rifle.

  9. #9 by Rick Cain on 12/12/2013 - 9:34

    Israel has moved the majority of its forces to the Tavor TAR-21, STAR and CTAR. This means there is a large surplus of M-16s and M-4s, which they are supplying to islamic terrorists via the occupied Golan Heights, where foreign fighters to to pick up their free weapons from Israel. The SAA has already captured arms caches of Israeli M-16s, artillery, mortars with hebrew writing on them and Israeli jeeps.

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