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FSA warlord: Syrian militants funded by Saudi, US

fsaOne of the commanders of Free Syrian Army (FSA), says that the organization regularly meets with intelligence representatives of Western and Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and the US.

As Saddam al Jamal, head of the Eastern Front in FSA, says in a video posted on one of Syrian opposition websites, the commanders occasionally meet with representatives of the intelligence agencies of mentioned Arab countries with the presence of Saudi Deputy Defense Salman bin Sultan.
He said militant groups in Syria have already got huge amount of money from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the US for their operations in Syria.

“Officers of Arab and other intelligence agencies meet with FSA commanders and question their adherence [to one or another group] as well as ask them about extremist groups fighting in Syria,” says al Jamal. He also added that “these intelligence agencies dispatched spies in Syria and provide the FSA with information.”

According to the field commander, in one of such meetings which was attended by Salman bin Sultan, the Saudi officials “asked all of the FSA commanders to submit reports on Syrian military facility attacks and undertook a commitment to provide financial aid and weaponry for these operations.”

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. On December 9, Syria urged the United Nations to stop Saudi Arabia from “supporting al-Qaeda-linked militants” and fanning the flames of “terrorism” in the country.

The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil that has gripped Syria for over two years.

The UN has predicted that more than four million other Syrians will be forced out of their homes in 2014 by the escalating conflict in the country.

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