Qatar Provides Syrian Terrorists with US-Made Stinger Missiles

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  • Source : FNA
The Qatari government delivered a third cargo of US-made Stinger missiles to the rebels fighting against the Syrian people and government.
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The cargo included 37 Stinger missiles and was delivered to the terrorists in Syria through the Turkish border. Qatar had earlier supplied two more cargos, including 90 missiles of this type, to the Syrian rebels. 

In relevant remarks in November, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow had accurate information that the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) has more than 50 Stinger missiles. 

"There is confirmed information that the Syrian rebels have obtained more than 50 Stinger missiles," he said at a press conference in Jordanian capital, Amman, last month. 

The Russian foreign minister reiterated that the FSA elements have repeatedly said that they would target civilian planes as legitimate targets. 

"You know perfectly well what Stingers are intended for, all the more so that the leaders of the (rebel) Free Syrian Army have repeatedly said that civilian planes will be a legitimate target," Lavrov told reporters after his meeting with the Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh in November. 

Also in November, Russia's chief of staff General Nikolai Makarov said Syrian armed rebels had obtained shoulder-launched missile systems, including Stingers, made by the United States, but added it was not clear who had delivered the weapons. 

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country. 

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes. 

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad. 

In October 2011, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria. 

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States. 

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure. 

According to the report, material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border. 

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar.

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