reported British troops from the Special Air Service, Special Boat Section, and the Airborne Infantry of the British Army (Paras) have been deployed to Syria to teach the rebels how to handle weapons and explosives.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is also hoping to overturn the EU embargo on arms sales
to the Syrian rebels. However, the Guardian
reported British Diplomats have said only non-lethal aid to the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was discussed at a high-level meeting in London on Friday.
The Syrian opposition comprises many foreign nationals, some with links to Al Qaeda. Senior members of the Libyan rebel opposition, some of whom were active in Iraq, hold leading positions amongst foreign Islamists opposed to Assad.
In an effort to encourage western countries to arm the rebels, Gen. Mustafa al-Sheikh of the Higher Military Council of the FSA warned the Telegraph
“If there’s no quick decision to support us, we will all turn into terrorists. If you apply the pressure that’s been applied to Syria, it will explode in all directions. Terrorism will grow quickly.”
He also said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding "Islamist rebel groups over those with a secular bent."
Since the Syrian National Coalition was formed at the weekend it has been recognized by France and the League of Arab Nations.