On Thursday, the White House announced that it would, for the first time, supply military aid to Syrian rebels. Details were not announced, triggering speculation that the aid would be anything from a no-fly zone (favored by U.S. Senator John McCain, arguably the staunchest supporter of Western military intervention in Syria) to the anti-aircraft weapons that top the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) wish list in the ongoing fight against the Syrian air force.
Originally from Homs, Dr. M. Zaher Sahloul is based in Chicago, where he practices critical care medicine and serves as the president of the Syrian American Medical Society. Over the past year, he has made seven trips to Syria. The last was to Aleppo, one month ago.