Tags: Syria | syria | rebels | missile | saudi | arabia

Saudi Arabia Wants Missiles for Syrian Rebels: Report

Monday, 17 Jun 2013 10:50 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Saudi Arabia plans to supply the Syrian opposition with anti-aircraft missiles to counter President Bashar al-Assad's air force, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday.

The article, citing a classified report received by the German foreign intelligence service and the German government last week, said Riyadh was looking at sending European-made Mistral-class MANPADS, or man-portable air-defence systems.
 
Der Spiegel noted the shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles can target low-flying aircraft including helicopters and had given mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan a decisive edge against Soviet troops in the 1980s.
 
Saudi Arabia is a key supporter of the Syrian rebels and has long advocated providing them with better weaponry.
 
Washington vowed last week to send military aid to rebel forces trying to unseat Assad after saying it had proof that the regime had crossed a "red line" by using chemical weapons on a small scale.
 
The European Union lifted an embargo on arming the Syrian opposition last month, paving the way for greater Western support for rebels in a civil war that has claimed 93,000 lives.

© AFP 2014

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Israel Targets Hamas Military Chief as Cease-Fire Collapses

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 10:28 AM

Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian effort . . .

Jihadists 'Worse Than Saddam,' Iraqi Kurd Commander Says

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 10:10 AM

Jihadists targeting minorities are "worse than Saddam", a Kurdish commander says, standing near a sand barrier at a fron . . .

Iran Lawmakers Impeach Minister in First Clash With Rouhani

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 09:39 AM

Iran’s parliament, led by a group of conservative lawmakers, impeached a minister in Hassan Rouhani’s government in the  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved