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Reports: US Provides Little Help to Strategic Allies

By    |   Monday, 02 Mar 2015 07:42 PM

The United States is keeping crucial intelligence from its allies, information that could be used to save lives, according to several news reports.

Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government is providing satellite images to the Ukraine military as it battles rebel forces backed by Russia. The images though are highly doctored and take at least 24 hours to get to Ukraine military officials, often rendering them useless.

The Journal report says the images are not as clear as they could be and that everything on the Russian side of the border is blacked out. The U.S., according to the report, doesn't want to provoke a bigger Russian response by providing Ukraine with solid intelligence.

And if the original images were to fall into Russian hands, the Americans don't want Russia to know the full extend of its satellite capabilities.

"You don't want to do anything that incites more instability or invites more aggression by Russia, and therefore makes it worse in the end for Ukraine," a senior U.S. military official told the Journal.

The end result, however, has been intelligence that's not very useful.

The Obama administration has also refused to send weapons and munitions to Ukraine to help in the conflict.

Canada, on the other hand, may step in and lend a hand to the Ukrainians. According to the Journal, which cites a military official, Canada "is in the final stages of getting satellite imagery that will track military movements in Ukraine to Kiev."

The fighting in Ukraine has resulted in 6,000 deaths, according to the United Nations.

Regarding the Syrian Civil War, meanwhile, the U.S. government was providing a rebel group with antitank missiles last year. But the group, Harakat Hazm, recently broke apart because it felt it wasn't receiving enough military aid to continue fighting with an al-Qaida-affiliated groups, according to another Journal report.

The U.S. and Turkey are now working with other Syrian rebel groups to train and equip them as they fight ISIS, which is advancing through the county and threatening other nations in the region.

And Israel, perhaps our most important ally in the region, has been kept out of secret talks between a group of nations that includes the U.S., European countries and Iran. The goal or the talks is to put a stop to Iran, which has threatened Israel several times in recent years, from continuing to develop a nuclear weapons program.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, a speech that will discuss the threat from Iran his country faces.

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