Syrian opposition leader calls for arming Free Syrian fighters with specialized weapons

Syrian opposition leader calls for arming Free Syrian fighters with specialized weapons

Damascus : Syria | Nov 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM PST
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The new leader of Syria’s opposition coalition, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, called on world powers to arm the Free Syrian Army with specialized weapons, as representatives of the European Union and the Arab League met Tuesday in Cairo.

"Free Syrian fighters desperately needed arms, if they were to cut short the suffering of the Syrians and their bloodshed," he said.

"We need specialized weapons," he added, without elaborating.

Earlier, al-Khatib told Reuters in Cairo that he urged European states to recognize Syria's new opposition coalition in order to be able to buy weapons to try and overthrow the Assad regime.

"I request European states to grant political recognition to the coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and to give it financial support," al-Khatib said. "When we get political recognition, this will allow the coalition to act as a government and therefore acquire weapons. This will solve our problems"

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France will support a new Syrian opposition bloc and urged world powers to recognize it.

"Now they are united, it's very important... France will support them. Our hope is that the different countries recognize the Syrian national coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people," Fabius told reporters in Cairo.

Washington and London have repeatedly called for the unification of the opposition and have promised their support.

It is worth mentioning that Iran has not commented on the news of the international recognition of the Syrian opposition, but declared throught the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday that Iran will host a Syrian national dialogue meeting next week.

The news did not clarify whether the Syrian National Council will attend or if Iran would invite the Syrian opposition inside Syria. They are considered employees of the Syrian regime and have no link to the Syrian opposition abroad.

Neither Syria nor the Syrian Council commented on Iran's call.

On the ground, SANA news reported that a car bomb explosion has hit Ein al-Fijeh in western Damascus, injuring several civilians in addition to causing huge material damage.

Moreover, at least 10 regime soldiers and Free Syrian fighters were killed in fighting in the village of Kharbou, in the Eastern Ghouta area bordering Damascus.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 151 people were killed across Syria on Monday, including 61 civilians, as regime forces shelled Free Syrian fighters positions in Daraa, Homs, Idlib and Aleppo.

The Local Coordination Committees activist network said nearly 10,000 Syrians have fled into Turkey since Friday, seeking safety from shelling and bombing from the Syrian regime forces as regime warplanes carried out a new wave of bombing raids Tuesday on the town of Ras al-Ain, near Turkey's border with Syria.


I was very surprised with Iran's invitation in that it was not entirely clear in its objectives. However, according to Iranian state television, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, "Aside from representatives from different ethnic groups, political parties, minorities and the opposition, there will also be representatives from the government at the meeting".

Anyway, the Syrian opposition will not attend the conference because the aim of the meeting is to maintain the Syrian regime as a leader of the Syrian people. Even a crazy person can never accept this!

Certainly, the Syrian opposition will gain recognition from most countries of the world, but I read between the lines that Western countries will ask them to form a government in exile in order to get support. This is, of course, wasting time. I hope that I am wrong in my analysis and that the Syrian opposition will get the required support soon.

After all, the Free Syrian Army with its simple weapons was able to impose a factual consensus on the ground, which is, "No one is thinking to help the regime because it will end soon," before the international community decides to arm the opposition. For your information, Tuesday's bombing was in an area not less important than the Mezze district. However, the Syrian regime started to hide losses and does not provide any details about the bombings.

I guess the first thing the Syrian regime would think about nowadays is assassination attempts for opposition leaders. For this, the opposition leaders have to be careful as Hezbollah might activate to execute these assassinations for the favour of its ally Bashar al-Assad. Knowing that, Hassan Nasrallah declared several times that Hezbollah has long hands all over the world, so nothing would prevent them from assassinating the real Syrian opposition.


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