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SYRIA Allies May Be Withholding Rebel Aid Bulent Kilic, AFP / Getty Images

Allies May Be Withholding Rebel Aid

Publicly, Saudi Arabia and Qatar may be calling for more aid to Syrian rebels, but in reality, they’re holding back aid. That according to officials from the two nations, who tell The New York Times that their countries have been withholding heavier weaponry like shoulder-fired missiles that could help rebels take down government forces. The Arab allies say the United States has discouraged them from supplying heavier weapons out of fear they could end up in the hand of terrorists. Unfortunately for Syrian rebel forces, this has meant only having just enough weapons to maintain a stalemate with Assad’s forces.

October 6, 2012 6:57 PM