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article imageSyrian rebels call on the international community to provide arms

By Paul Iddon     Jul 13, 2013 in Politics
The Free Syrian Army have called on the international community to supply them with more weaponry so they can fight Al-Qaeda affiliates as well as the Syrian government.
Al Jazeera reports that the FSA has said it needs these weapons to combat and eliminate the threat posed to their efforts by competing Al-Qaeda affiliated forces. Forces who also want to depose the Assad regime but are no friends of the mainstream rebels who are for the most part fighting under the command of the FSA.
One FSA commander was quoted as saying about these Al-Qaeda elements, "Their extremism has become unbearable. The foreign fighter have come with their own alien agenda."
He went on to add that the FSA demands that "the international community supply us with arms to get rid of this disease."
All foreigners present in Syria he also said should vacate the country.
The FSA accuse Al-Qaeda forces of killing one of their top commanders Kamal Hamami. They believe that his killing in the Latakia province on Thursday was "a pre-planned attack."
On the subject of arms transfers to the Syrian opposition, Voice of America reports that the rebels are still waiting for the arms the U.S. Obama Administration pledged they would transfer soon to them last month. The final approval to arm these groups is awaiting approval from Congress, where lawmakers are debating the types of weapons they should provide the rebels with and what rebels exactly to arm.
Michael Rubin of Washington's American Enterprise Institute outlined a major issue on the consciousness of many lawmakers and politicians in Washington, that being the type of arms the rebels want and the type the US is willing to give them.
"What the Syrian opposition wants is a qualitative military edge. They want, for example, surface-to-air missiles, and that raises a whole new set of political questions about whether or not we think that the Syrian opposition should have them, whether, when push comes to shove, we trust the Syrian opposition not to turn on us or our allies."
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