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    Tue Dec 27, 2016 | 11:23am EST

    Russia calls U.S. move to better arm Syrian rebels a 'hostile act'

    By Andrew Osborn | MOSCOW

    Russia said on Tuesday that a U.S. decision to ease restrictions on arming Syrian rebels had opened the way for deliveries of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, a move it said would directly threaten Russian forces in Syria.

    Moscow last year launched a campaign of air strikes in Syria to help President Bashar al-Assad and his forces retake territory lost to rebels, some of whom are supported by the United States.

    Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the policy change easing restrictions on weapons supplies had been set out in a new U.S. defence spending bill and that Moscow regarded the step as a hostile act.

    U.S. President Barack Obama, who has been sharply critical of Russia's intervention in Syria, signed the annual defence policy bill into law last week.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mi...-idUSKBN14G0K0

  • #2
    What's the use of arming the rebels now? It'll only prolong the war and make it bloodier.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by starman View Post
      What's the use of arming the rebels now? It'll only prolong the war and make it bloodier.
      Exactly. Thats the use.

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      • #4
        I think so, Behrooz. The backers of the armed groups must be desperate now that their proxies have sufferd big defeats in battles.

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        • #5
          Any information about which types of missiles?

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          • #6
            The US is NOT providing anti-aircraft missiles to Syrian rebels.


            http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mi...-idUSKBN14G1PB

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            • #7
              That's good, Abu. Now the ceasefire is on, it's not worth risking by escalating the conflict.

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