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article imageSaudi Arabia to pay salaries of Free Syrian Army

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By Paul Iddon     Jun 22, 2012 in Politics
To encourage mass defections from Assad's military the Saudis have announced that they are readying to pay the Free Syrian Army salaries.
The Guardian, Focus News and MSNBC.com have carried a report which states that Saudi officials are putting in place a plan to provide the Free Syrian Army (FSA) -- seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad's regime -- with salaries as a means of encouraging mass defections from the Syrian military.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have recently sent weapons to the FSA and their influence may soon be made evident on the battlefield. Their moves also constitute a proxy war waged against Assad which has broader regional geopolitical implications of its own. As a result of this tensions between Syria and Saudi Arabia as well as between Saudi Arabia and Iran -- which is currently backing the Syrian government in its war against the rebels -- may increase as a result of Saudi Arabia's influence and involvement in the Syrian Civil War.
This news also comes as the U.N. and Arab League appointed peace envoy announced that any talks regarding the implementation of a tenable peace plan in Syria must include Iran, a major regional power and a direct backer of the Assad regime.
U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has stated the U.S. was not aiding in the providence of arms to Syrian rebels. He has stated that "we made a decision not to provide lethal assistance at this point. I know others have made their own decisions."
The Saudi move and the providence of weapons to the rebels has put fuel on the dying flames of the conflict in the country's north. Its plan to provide salaries in either dollars or euros to restore their salaries to the level they were at before the revolution or possibly increase them.
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