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article imageSources say that Britain will not arm Syrian rebels

By Paul Iddon     Jul 18, 2013 in Politics
Britain has allegedly decided to abandon its prior considerations to arm the Syrian rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and believe that he may survive the revolt against his government.
Reuters quotes sources which say that, "Britain is clearly not going to arm the rebels in any way, shape or form."
Britain will however, the sources claim, "train them [the rebels], give them tactical advice and intelligence, teach them command and control. But public opinion, like it or not, is against intervention."
The sources also cite the intervention into the conflict on the side of Assad of Iran and Hezbollah as decisive in shifting the balance of power and giving the Syrian president less incentive to negotiate an end to the conflict that he may very well now prevail in.
They conclude that, "The western assessment has changed. We thought Assad could only hold on for a few months. We now think he can last a few years."
As The Globe and Mail points out in its assessment of this report public opinion seems to be the major factor that is seeing to Britain cease from supplying the rebels with arms.
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