Who is arming the Syrian rebels?

The New York Times cited unnamed US officials and Arab intelligence officials as saying the weapons were being paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar and funneled across the border by a shadowy opposition network.

Saudi Arabia is set to pay the salaries of the rebel Free Syrian Army to encourage mass defections from President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are paying salaries to rebel forces fighting in the Syrian revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, an anonymous Arab diplomat said on Saturday per Reuters.

“The point of this is to encourage as many factions of the Syrian army to defect and to organize the FSA, control it and prevent any extremist organizations from joining it.”

If IEDs are deployed in a broad, systematic fashion, it will be an indication that the Syrian militants are receiving supplies from an external source.

“How can the president dine out on Libya if he is not prepared to do the same for Syria?” asked Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic which this Thursday launched a rolling “symposium” on what to do about Syria. “Assad is perpetrating in Homs, Hama, Dara’a, and elsewhere what Qaddafi only threatened to perpetrate in Benghazi.”

 

 

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