Reported “Moderate” Syrian Arms Recipient Has Collaborated with Qaida-Affiliate

Posted by John Rosenthal

According to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, Saudi Arabia, apparently with US backing, has agreed to provide advanced weaponry, including shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, to a newly formed “Southern Front” of the Syrian rebellion. The choice to arm the Southern Front was reportedly made so as to minimize the chances of weaponry being acquired by “al-Qaeda-inspired groups.” But if this is indeed the calculation of Washington and its regional allies, the problem is that the leader of the Southern Front has been known to collaborate with none other than Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate.

For the details, see my new article on Al-Monitor here.

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