Saudis to Pay Syria Rebels
With both Washington and London warning of the grave risks to the region should Damascus fall, Assad battles for the survival of his reign, but usiung increasingly dirty and criminal tactics.
Saudis to Pay Syria Rebels
It is reported that Saudi officials have stated a preparedness to pay Free Syria Army salaries, to encourage mass defections from the regular army, increasing pressure on the Assad regime to quit while they still can. Apparently, this has been decided between senior US officials and top men in Riyadh.
Feeling in the Arab world, that the conflict needs to be ended, is gaining momentum as a recent flush of Saudi Arabia and Qatar supplied weapons to rebel forces are making a real difference. It appears that, when first approached in May, Saudi officials capital embraced the idea with enthusiasm, from which time weapons began flowing into the hands of Free Syria Army leaders from at least three Arab states
Add to this the fact of Turkey allowing a rebel command centre in Istanbul, co-ordinating with FSA leaders inside Syria, a place staffed by around 20 Syrian nationals. The recent influx of weapons has really reinvigorated the Syrian rebels, on the verge of being crushed before the weapons started flowing.
This latest announcement about paying guerrilla force salaries will undoubtedly boost the renewed confidence, along with putting temptation to defect firmly in the faces of regular army troops. Added to this, since the Syrian pound has fallen sharply in value, the payments will be in either Euros or US dollars, retaining their face value. US senator Joe Lieberman has called for robust and comprehensive support to the armed Syrian opposition.
He wants the USA to provide the armed Syrian opposition with the things they need to bring about change to the Syrian military balance of power. Since the CIA is apparently operating in southern Turkey, trying to establish command and control within rebel ranks, it seems logical that more is being done to help the rebel cause
Bashar al-Assad knows that the FSA pose a serious threat to his family's 42-year rule over the country, but former allies Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have become increasingly hostile to his handling of the revolt, but with the USA unwilling to openly intervene, are taking matters into their own hands.
With both Washington and London warning of the grave risks to the region should Damascus fall, Assad battles for the survival of his reign, but usiung increasingly dirty and criminal tactics. No wonder so many of his officers and men are seeing fit to defect to the opposition, which Assad swears is an army of radical Sunni Islamists, backed by foreign states.
The truth is that, no matter what he does, the opposition to his tyrannical and viscous reign of terror grows stronger all the time, while his power inevitably weakens. The end for this truly obnoxious man might not be in sight just yet, but this latest move by the Saudis is surely another nail in his coffin, and not before time.