Saudis Agree to Provide Syrian Rebels with Mobile Antiaircraft Missiles

(Wall Street Journal) Maria Abi-Habib and Stacy Meichtry - Washington's Arab allies, disappointed with Syria peace talks, have agreed to provide rebels there with more sophisticated weaponry, including shoulder-fired missiles that can take down jets, according to Western and Arab diplomats and opposition figures. Saudi Arabia has offered to give the opposition for the first time Chinese man-portable air defense systems, or Manpads, and antitank guided missiles from Russia. The U.S. has long opposed arming rebels with antiaircraft missiles for fear they could fall into the hands of extremists who might use them against the West or commercial airlines.

2014-02-17 00:00:00

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