Rebel & civilian leaders from all over Syria came to see McCain, including Homs, Qusayr, Idlib, Damascus, Aleppo. http://t.co/g7MI2hiw84
— Dalia (@TheBlahDalia) May 27, 2013
Just in: US Senator John McCain was inside Syria today to meet with rebel leaders, his office tells CNN. Via @HalaGorani
— Yasser Burgan (@YasserBurgan) May 27, 2013
The Daily Beast got the scoop.
Sen. John McCain Monday became the highest-ranking U.S. official to enter Syria since the bloody civil war there began over two years ago, The Daily Beast has learned.
McCain, one of the fiercest critics of the Obama administration’s Syria policy, made the unannounced visit across the Turkey-Syria border with Gen. Salem Idris, the leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army. He stayed in the country for several hours before returning to Turkey. Both in Syria and Turkey, McCain and Idris met with assembled leaders of Free Syrian Army units that traveled from around the country to see the U.S. senator.
Other media outlets confirm:
Sen. John McCain makes Memorial Day visit to Syria, sources tell NBC’s @kasie
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 27, 2013
don't usually give him props but… you got some balls McCain http://t.co/HTs1Pk5Sr4
— kareem (@Ka_Rumi) May 27, 2013
Classy as ever:
— Jack! Jack? Jack. (@groovatron2000) May 27, 2013
Hmmm. Your thoughts, readers?
McCain's visit could mean the Obama administration is giving a plan to arm #Syria's rebels serious consideration. He went with approval.
— Stephen Dockery (@S_Dockery) May 27, 2013
Update: Photos coming in across the Twitter transom.
— Rami (@RamiAlLolah) May 27, 2013
NEW PHOTO: Sen. McCain meeting with Free Syrian Army in Syria: http://t.co/VT4wrzG4lG – via @lizobagy
— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) May 27, 2013