Saudi supplying missiles to Syria rebels: Gulf source
As US considers no-fly zone over Syria, Gulf source reveals that Saudi
Arabia has supplied rebels with anti-aircraft missiles for past two months
Saudi Arabia, a staunch opponent of President Bashar al-Assad since early in Syria's conflict, began supplying anti-aircraft missiles to rebels"on a small scale" about two months ago, a Gulf source said on Monday.The shoulder-fired weapons were obtained mostly from suppliers in France and Belgium, the source told Reuters. France had paid for the transport ofthe weapons to the region.The supplies were intended for General Salim Idriss, leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), who was still the kingdom's main "point man" in the opposition, the source said.The Gulf source said without elaborating that the kingdom had begun taking a more active role in the Syrian conflict in recent weeks due to theintensification of the conflict.The epicentre of this activity was Paris, visited by Interior MinisterPrince Mohammed bin Nayef in May, intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal this month.
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