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The United States has lost support of the Arab League and opposition in Syria, and needs to reengage with the battle, the House Intelligence chair said on Thursday.

There is no one in Congress standing in the way of what the Obama administration wants to do to combat the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Rep. Mike Rogers said on Thursday.

“The way it’s going to happen I think you’ll find lots of requirements and different layers of oversight that we may not have seen before based on the challenging facts on the ground, and there are no good outcomes here,” Rogers, House Intelligence chair, said on AMR.

Last month President Obama’s administration confirmed the use of chemical weapons by Assad and pledged to increase support to the Syrian opposition fighters. But the promise to assist could be too late.

Politicians, including Rogers, pressured the administration to make a decision earlier, but the longer it went the more confusing the battlefield became.

Syrian refugees in Jordan spoke to Sec. of State John Kerry on Thursday about the failure of the United States to deliver on its promise of weapons to the rebels as Assad continues to win the battle.

“I think they’re frustrated and angry at the world for not stepping in and helping,” Kerry said from Jordan. “I don’t think it’s as cut and dry and simple as some of them look at it, but if I were in their shoes I’d be looking for help from wherever I could find it.”

The United States has lost support of the Arab League and opposition, and needs to reengage, Rogers said. Al Qaeda elements have attached themselves to secular units and many terrorist organizations operate in Syria. In addition, people from all over the world went to the country to join a jihad fight.

The United States should use its intelligence and training capabilities to get weapons into the right hands, and build relationships, Rogers said.

“Remember, we are very late to this game,” he said. “And this game has changed dramatically over the last year and a half.”

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    >>> more than two years into the rebellion against bashar al assad the regime is winning. today at a refugee camp secretary kerry got an earful about the syrian refugees about the failure of the u.s. to deliver on the promise of weapons to the rebels.

    >> i think they are frustrated and angry at the world for are not stepping in and helping. i don't think it is as cut and dry as sim pam ple as some of them look at it. if i were in their shoes i'd be looking for help wherever i could find it.

    >> chairman rogers, thank you for being with us. from all of the reporting it appears that proposals went to the hill and both the house and senate intelligence committees put a hold on everything until we know who the rebels are and where the weapons are going. can you explain?

    >> i can't talk about the classified programs but i can tell through has been a lot of xwe concern about stated goals and making sure any plans met those goals. so through all of those discussions i think both the house and the senate, any committee here, would take its responsibility quite seriously and it is a serious step on how we move forward to try to have a positive impact in syria . there were a lot of questions. i will tell you that we are still working through some things on that and there's no one here standing in the way of what i think the administration wants to do but there are very clear concerns from both parties in both chambers about the way forward . i think we are trying to address that.

    >> mr. chairman with, you and i have had many conversations on this and other subjects, always in a completely respectful and collegial way. while we sit here, refugees are saying to john kerry they're dying, assad is winning and they are losing the war while we are safe in our battle stations in washington, d.c.

    >> but you remember those conversations, andrea. there are those of us, me included, who said we are a year-and-a-half too late. we've been pushing, trying to nudge the administration to make a decision earlier. what happened was the longer it went the more confusing the battlefield came. you can't come in after the fire of the house is going and say, why didn't somebody put it out? the problem is you have to deal with the fire as you find it. so remember, this is important to get this right as to do anything at all. no one today in congress is standing in the way of the administration doing what they have expressed an interest in doing. that isn't happening. however, there were passionate discussions about how you do that. if your intended goal is to change and have a positive influence in syria is what presented gets you to that goal. there were many in congress in both parties, in both chambers who said no. and if you're going to put the good name of the united states at risk you you better do it right. i was arguing forring earlier to prevent what we now know ss a rising welcome membership, some 6,000 in the country. you have iran using this as a prom zi war now. that wasn't happening a year-and-a-half ago because there was no action. that has hezbollah active lly engaging. this is a hard, conapplica complicated problem.

    >> while the united states did not do what you were suggesting, qatar and other groups, private funding so al qaeda -supported groups. so the complexion of the rebel forces have really changed. they're killing each other off. there have been all sorts of assassinations. are you saying to you that it is too late to arm the rebels?

    >> i am not saying it is too late. no one in congress today is standing in the way of what the administration wants to do. the difference is the way it's going to happen. i think you'll find lots of requirements and different players of oversight that we might not have seen before based on the challenging facts on the ground . and there are no good outcomes here. again you have al qaeda elements there that have attached themselves to secular units. that's dangerous. have you every flavor of terrorist organization operating now in syria . people coming from all over the world, including europe, other places to join a jihad fight which means eventually if they're not killed they're going home . all of those challenges are happening. we've lost support of the arab league . we lost support of the opposition, "we quarterback the being the united states . we need to reengage in that. that's very clear. i think secretary kerry to his credit came to the hill and made some really good and compelling arguments. i think the administration an congress have agreed on a way forward an that's happened. some of these things are going to take a little longer. it is not because somebody is standing in the way on capitol hill though, that's important to know. but remember, we are very late to this game an this game has changed dramatically over the last year-and-a-half.

    >> so if we were to use our own covert forces to train and vet the rebels, would that make people on the hill meal for comfortable about getting weapons into their hands?

    >> well, i do believe that the united states should use its intelligence capabilities, its training capabilities and itsable its ab ability to vet. that would be an incredibly important thing to do in order to get weapons into the right hand and start building relationships so when assad goes -- and he is going to go at some pointpy with a we don't want is a two or three-year fail-mate with the onslaught of civilians. we want to turn the tide an ghald relatiand build the relationship and trust so we can positively influence the outcome. remember, we have large caches of individual weapons, worry me every day, an chemical weapons . off-shoots of al qaeda . that's concerning to not only us but to our allies as well.

    >> thank you very much, congressman.

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