Saudi Arabia is recruiting Yemenite mercenaries and sending them to help opposition forces fighting to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Western intelligence sources say the operation
is being organized by the Kingdom’s general intelligence service,
headed by the former Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince
Bandar bin-Sultan.The Paris-based Intelligence on Line reports that in its latest internet posting.According to the story, hundreds of Yemenite migrant workers (in
Saudi Arabia), whose visas have expired, are being offered military
training and pay in order to help out the rebels in the Free Syrian
Army. They are also being promised that upon their return from Syria,
they will be allowed to work in Saudi Arabia once again.Their training is being provided by army and intelligence officers of
the Pakistani intelligence service, SIS, which is known to have good
ties with Saudi intelligence. The operation is being coordinated with
the CIA, and American intelligence officers are also involved in
training members of the Free Syrian Army in camps in Jordan.The Yemenite mercenaries are crossing into Syria from Turkey, whose
intelligence services are also privy to the clandestine operation. The
recruitment of the Yemenites is intended to provide a counterweight to
the assistance that the Syrian regime is getting from Iran, Shiite
militias in Iraq, and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters.Saudi Arabia is the leading provider of aid to the opposition in
Syria, sending weapons and money. While Saudi authorities are
comfortable with religious Muslim fighters, the Saudis — like the
Americans and their partners — are trying not to strengthen extremists
who were sent or financed by al-Qaeda.
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