Gulf Arabs Refuse to Arm Syrian Rebels

    Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) take position in Idlib in northwestern Syria on February 22, 2012. Two foreign journalists were killed as Syrian forces pounded the rebel city of Homs, activists said, while calls mounted for a truce to allow in humanitarian aid. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Despite talk of ending the carnage in Syria and defending the opposition, Gulf Arab leaders have offered little material support to the rebels. Many leaders fear that extremists may be fighting alongside the opposition forces. One Saudi official said, “We have very clear concerns about the opposition and who they are. Short of any Arab army going in there, everybody is trying to determine the best way forward.” Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the U.S. has not offered arms or weapons because of similar fears that they might end up in the hands of al Qaeda or other extremists. On Saturday, the Free Syrian Army commander complained that “There is no practical support from the international community. It’s been all talk.”

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