‘SNC to receive weapons from S Arabia’
Iran Press TV
Mon Jul 8, 2013 12:14AM GMT
The Turkey-based so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC), which fights for regime change in Syria, says it is going to receive weapons from Saudi Arabia.
On Sunday, Ahmad Jarba, who was elected as the SNC head on Saturday in Istanbul, said he was expecting "advanced weapons" to reach the foreign-backed militants in Syria, Lebanese TV station al-Mayadeen reported.
Jarba described the opposition's military position as weak, but he said the situation would change with Saudi Arabia’s weapons.
He added that the opposition would not take part in the peace conference due to be held in Geneva unless its military position becomes strong.
Jarba also offered the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a truce during the holy month of Ramadan -- an offer many believe could be used as a cover to facilitate the delivery of arms to the insurgents in Syria.
During the past 48 hours, the Syrian army has managed to gain more ground in Damascus and some other important regions.
The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
Damascus says the West and its regional allies, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants.
In an interview broadcast on Turkish television in April, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that if the militants take power in Syria, they could destabilize the entire Middle East region for decades.
“If the unrest in Syria leads to the partitioning of the country, or if the terrorist forces take control… the situation will inevitably spill over into neighboring countries and create a domino effect throughout the Middle East and beyond,” he stated.
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