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Lord Ashdown: Syria ‘rebels’ need no arms, already received 3,500 tons of weapons

Lord Ashdown: Syria Rebels Need No Arms, Already Received 3,500 Tons of Weapons

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The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday that “Lord Ashdown, the former Liberal Democrat leader, spoke out against arming Syria’s rebels and called for pressure to be put on Qatar and Saudi Arabia to cut off funding for arms.”

“They do not need arms. It is an unchallenged figure that 3,500 tons of arms have been shipped in by way of Croatia with the assistance of the CIA, funded by the Saudis, funded by the Qataris, going almost exclusively to the more jihadist groups,” the former international high representative for Bosnia said in a debate.

He further stated: “I know where those weapons are coming from. They are the weapons left over from the Bosnian war. They are being shipped out in large measure through Croatian ports and airports and I can tell you they are making vast sums for corrupt forces in the Balkans.”

Lord Ashdown described the rebels as “not a fit and proper collection of people for us to be providing arms to”.

He also confirmed that he knew of “no occasion” when a route to peace was to provide more weapons.
He said Syria was the “front line in a wider conflict involving an attempt to build up a radicalized “jihadist” Sunni population to fight a war against the Shia.”

“This is about the preparations some are deliberately making to have a wider religious conflict,” he said.

He said there was a “really serious diplomatic route” to take to remove the “steam” out of the conflict.
“If it is the case that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are today funding the very extremists against which we are fighting, why are we not using international pressure, the United States, the European Union, to persuade Saudi Arabia and Qatar to stop, to prevent this?” he said.

“It seems to me we should not stumble towards arms when there is diplomacy still to be played out.”

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West sends Takfiri terrorists to Syria to get rid of them: Assad

Press TV

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the Western countries are shifting their security burdens upon Syria by sending Takfiri terrorist groups to the Arab country to “get rid of them.”

In an interview with Syrian daily Al-Thawra published on Thursday, Assad said that the West believed that “these Takfiri (extremist) terrorist groups that have been a security concern for decades will come to Syria and be killed and that way they will get rid of them.”

The Syrian President emphasized that the western countries hoped that by “supporting terrorism in Syria” they could weaken the Arab country.

Assad also said that the countries supporting militants in Syria and providing them with military and financial aid no longer refer to the crisis as a “revolution.”

“The word revolution is no longer mentioned, now what’s being talked about is terrorism,” he said, adding, “They’ve moved to another phase. They distinguish between a good terrorist and a bad terrorist… but the word revolution is no longer mentioned.”

Syria has been gripped by unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security forces, have been killed in the violence.

The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants.

Several international human rights organizations have said that the militants operating in Syria are committing war crimes.

On July 1, Syria’s Local Administration Minister Omar al-Ibrahim Ghalaounji said that foreign-sponsored terrorism in the country damaged about 9,000 state buildings and cost USD 15 billion in losses to the public sector between March 2011 and March 2013.

He added that the damage was the result of “terrorist attacks on government buildings and infrastructure.”

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