Syrian National Council: Qatar and Saudi Arabia Giving Arms to Rebels
[An Nahar] Qatar and Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
are giving light arms to Syria's rebels but the fighters do not have the advanced weapons needed to confront Bashir al-Assad's regime, a spokeswoman for the opposition SNC said Monday.
"Rebels on the ground are searching desperately for arms wherever they can find them," a spokeswoman for the Syrian National Council, Bassma Kodmani, told La Belle France's Europe 1 radio.
"There are certain countries that are providing light and conventional weapons," she said.
When asked which countries, Kodmani said: "It is Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and maybe a little bit Libya with what it has left over from its own battle."
She said some countries were also providing money to the rebels so that they could buy weapons on the black market.
But Kodmani said the rebels were still massively outgunned by pro-regime forces and were lacking "more advanced types of weapons that could be used to confront aviation".
"This is a political decision that the major countries must take, it has not been taken," she said.
Warning of "carnage" in Syria's commercial capital Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
, Kodmani condemned the political and diplomatic failure to find a solution for the conflict.
"Waiting for a military solution is catastrophic," she said.
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