NYT: Saad Hariri’s Future Party supplying Saudi arms to Syrian rebels

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Published in Lebonan
Monday, 08 October 2012


GULF-articleLargeSaad Hariri’s Future Party is chief supplier of Saudi weapons to the Syrian rebels, it is reported in the U.S. daily newspaper New York Times
At the Turkish border town of Antakya late last month, Syrian rebels spoke openly of the Saudi and


Maysara added that "Saqr seemed to struggle with supply issues; he once saw Saqr asking rebels for the name and contacts of a weapons dealer from the former Yugoslavia that he was hoping to meet."

"The Saudi government appears to be trying to finance more secular rebel groups," Maysara said, "while the Qataris appear to be closer to the Muslim Brotherhood."

But these distinctions are slippery, in part because rebel groups adapt their identities to gain money and weapons. One group, in an almost comical bid for support, named itself the Rafik Hariri brigade, after the former Lebanese prime minister and Saudi ally, and whose son Saad is influential in doling out Saudi support to the rebels.

"> Qatari intermediaries who dole out weapons on behalf of their governments.

The chief Saudi supplier is said to be a Lebanese figure named Oqab Saqr, who belongs to the political coalition of Saudi Arabia's chief ally in Lebanon, Saad Hariri.

Maysara, 40, a lean rebel commander from the northern town of Saraqib, who withheld his last name for safety reasons unveiled that "they deliver weapons once every few weeks." In one recent shipment, he said, a 200-man fighting brigade received six Russian-made AS Val assault rifles, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Maysara added that "Saqr seemed to struggle with supply issues; he once saw Saqr asking rebels for the name and contacts of a weapons dealer from the former Yugoslavia that he was hoping to meet."

"The Saudi government appears to be trying to finance more secular rebel groups," Maysara said, "while the Qataris appear to be closer to the Muslim Brotherhood."

But these distinctions are slippery, in part because rebel groups adapt their identities to gain money and weapons. One group, in an almost comical bid for support, named itself the Rafik Hariri brigade, after the former Lebanese prime minister and Saudi ally, and whose son Saad is influential in doling out Saudi support to the rebels.

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