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article imageSyrian opposition once again calls on U.S to supply them arms

By Paul Iddon     May 8, 2014 in Politics
The Syrian oppositions Ahmad Jarba has said that the United States needs to give Syria's opposition forces weapons they need to fight the Syrian military.
Daily Star Lebanon quotes him saying that the opposition forces engaged against the Syrian military need "efficient weapons to face these attacks including air raids, so we can change the balance of power on the ground."
Mr. Jarba believes that, "This would allow for a political solution."
He said that the opposition has "a problem with the air forces, the air raids and the barrel bombs. This is making our lives a nightmare, so we want weapons that would neutralise," those forces he said adding, "We need a small and effective quantity of weapons … and we commit to keep them in the right hands."
U.S. officials have stressed that they are looking for ways to change the balance of power in that war.
Jarba insisted that he does not expect and is not asking for the Americans "to send their sons to Syria."
"We do not want Americans to die in Syria," he stressed.
He insists that the international community need to unite in a collective effort to stop the Syrian regime and its president who he says is running for office "on the dead bodies of Syrian," and said that the so-called elections will merely give him "license to kill for many years to come."
He made these comments to an audience at the United States Institute to Peace during the first ever official visit of his to Washington.
Head of the Syrian National Coalition Mr. Jarba will be meeting with U.S Secretary of State John Kerry and the national security chief Susan Rice during his eight-day visit.
Joining him on his visit to the United States is the new chief of staff of the opposition Free Syrian Army.
As The Guardian recently reported the United States has given the Syrian opposition a foreign mission diplomatic status. This is in a bid to give them a feeling of legitimacy as they face many set backs on the ground in Syria against the advanced forces of the Syrian military.
U.S. officials have said they support moderate opposition groups fighting Assad. If the latest provision of $27 million worth of non-lethal aid they are to give the Syrian oppositions (if the Congress approves it) the U.S will have given the Syrian opposition a total of $278 million to fight the Syrian regime.
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