New weapons supplied to militants in Syria
“We’ve received quantities of new types of weapons, including some that we asked for and that we believe will change the course of the battle on the ground,” Free Syrian Army (FSA) spokesman Louay Muqdad said on Friday.
“We have begun distributing them on the front lines, they will be in the hands of professional officers,” he added.
Muqdad did not elaborate on the type of weapons or their suppliers.
The spokesperson added that more shipments of other weapons are also on their way to end up in the hands of the militants.
The influx of new arms comes right after British media revealed that Saudi Arabia had sent the first batch of anti-tank missiles to the insurgents in the flashpoint city of Aleppo.
On June 14, US President Barack Obama ordered his administration to provide the militants with more sophisticated weapons, claiming that the Syrian government had used “chemical weapons” against the militants and thus crossed Washington’s “red line.” Damascus has rejected the allegations as “lies.”
Israeli President Shimon Peres and British officials voiced support for Washington’s arming of the Takfiri militants in Syria.
However, Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned other states against providing weapons to the militants in Syria, saying that the arms could end up in Europe one day.
The crisis in Syria began in March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security forces, have been killed in the foreign-sponsored militancy.
Last month, the Syrian president said that militants from as many as 29 different countries were fighting against Syria.
The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are supporting the militants.
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