LONDON, (SANA)- The British Financial Times newspaper revealed that the foreign backers of terrorist groups in Syria have stepped up weapons shipments to these groups.
"The increasingly public strategy of some Arab states and western nations of beefing up the rebels’ armoury is high-risk, whether the goal is to topple Mr Assad or merely back him into a political corner," said the newspaper in an article published Friday.
It quoted Elizabeth O’Bagy, senior research analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based research organization, as saying that "Already some of those weapons . . . have been shown in radical militants' hands."
According to the article, "Syria experts, including analysts who monitor weapons shipments, say the pace of deliveries of arms to the rebels picked up sharply right at the end of last year and through the first part of this, in an intensification of a stop-start supply program whose stuttering nature has long frustrated rebel commanders."
The Financial Times said "Qatar and Saudi Arabia are widely believed to have been arming Syria’s rebels for some time," adding that both Arab and western opponents of Syria "have now begun talking more openly about giving weapons."
The American New York Times newspaper earlier revealed that Arab countries along with Turkey have beefed up arms to terrorist groups over the past months with the support of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).