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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Lebanese Report: Israel, France, UK Send Special Military Forces to Syria

Report: Israel, France, UK Send Special Military Forces to Syria
News number: 9107135273 14:35 | 2013-01-13
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107135273

TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli, British and French special forces are in Syria to
help militant and armed rebel groups take control of the Arab country's
military air bases, a former advisor of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
disclosed on Sunday.

Bassam Abu Sharif quoted a western diplomat as saying that a team comprising
Israeli, French, and British military experts had entered Syria several
months ago after crossing the Turkish borders, the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen
website reported.

He noted that the main mission of the team is to help the terrorists to take
control of Syria's military airports and steal the technology of the Russian
missiles and weapons they find in these military airports.

The al-Mayadeen's report came while the armed rebels have failed in recent
weeks to gain control over the military airports across Syria despite their
large-scale efforts.

Terrorists have tried hard in the last few weeks to make Syrian cities
unsafe, specially for citizens, but the army has purged them from most
neighborhoods and districts, killed hundreds of them and arrested many more.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks
by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being
reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been
killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the
deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October 2011, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after
President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the
US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos
through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have
been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and
terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have
received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid
for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials,
reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration
has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian
Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control
infrastructure.

According to the report, material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib
near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out
of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the
black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian
military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi
Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars
in funding each month.

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