Syrian opposition appeals for more arms

Published March 15th, 2014 - 06:37 GMT
Ahmed Jarba has been the President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces since 2013. (AFP/File)
Ahmed Jarba has been the President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces since 2013. (AFP/File)

The head of Syria’s opposition has appealed to foreign supporters to provide the militants with more arms as the conflict in the Arab country enters its fourth year.

Ahmed Jarba said on Saturday that the militants need the weapons to fight both the Syrian army and al-Qaeda-linked groups particularly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

He added that the opposition had accepted to take part in the Geneva talks earlier this year, but it is still waiting for its foreign supporters to send arms they pledged before and during the talks.

The militants are still receiving arms and funds from Western governments including the US and their regional allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The call came as the Syrian government forces managed to enter the eastern districts of the town of Yabroud, which is the last major stronghold of foreign-backed militants near the Lebanese border.

On Wednesday, Syrian forces backed by fighters from the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah took full control of farmland on the northern edge of Yabroud.

The new gains for the army come days after Syrian troops regained the control of the town of al-Zareh following days of fierce clashes with militants in the province of Homs.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Some sources say around 130,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by militants.


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