Saudi Arabia 'stepping up' arms supplies to Syrian rebels

Saudi Arabia
# 09 October 2015 07:49 (UTC +04:00)

The well-placed official, who asked not to be named, said supplies of modern, high-powered weaponry including guided anti-tank weapons would be increased to the Arab- and western-backed rebel groups fighting the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian, Iranian and Lebanese allies.

He said those groups being supplied did not include either Islamic State (IS) or al-Nusra Front, both of which are proscribed terrorist organisations. Instead, he said the weapons would go to three rebel alliances - Jaysh al-Fatah (Army of Conquest), the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Southern Front.

Note that, earlier Reuters had reported that the United States was weighing to ramp up its aid to the rebels fighting the Syrian regime.