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Saudis' Big Deal for Anti-tank Missiles May be Meant to Help Syrian Rebels

Saudis' Big Deal for Anti-tank Missiles May be Meant to Help Syrian Rebels
December 15, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "SCMP" -No one is expecting a tank invasion of Saudi Arabia anytime soon, but the kingdom just put in a huge order for US-made anti-tank missiles that has Saudi-watchers scratching their heads and wondering whether the deal is related to Riyadh’s support for the Syrian rebels.
The proposed weapons deal, which the Pentagon notified Congress of in early December, would provide Riyadh with more than 15,000 Raytheon anti-tank missiles at a cost of over US$1 billion. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Military Balance report, Saudi Arabia’s total stockpile this year amounted to slightly more than 4,000 anti-tank missiles. In the past dec…

US/Patrick Cockburn: British Policy on Syria has Been Sunk, and Nobody Noticed

US/Patrick Cockburn: British Policy on Syria has Been Sunk, and Nobody Noticed

December 15, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "The Independent" - The final bankruptcy of American and British policy in Syria came 10 days ago as Islamic Front, a Saudi-backed Sunni jihadi group, overran the headquarters of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) at Bab al-Hawa on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey. The FSA, along with the Syrian National Coalition, groups that the United States and Britain have been pretending for years are at the heart of Syrian military and political opposition, has been discredited. The remaining FSA fighters are in flight, have changed sides, or are devoting all their efforts to surviving the onslaught from jihadi or al-Qa’ida-linked brigades.