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Syria's Opposition Urges International Community to Arm Rebels

Syria's chair is seen empty at the preparatory meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers in Kuwait City, March 23, 2014.
Syria's chair is seen empty at the preparatory meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers in Kuwait City, March 23, 2014.
VOA News
Syria's opposition has urged the international community to provide heavy weapons to rebels fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian Opposition National Coalition chief Ahmed Jarba issued the appeal Tuesday in Kuwait City at the annual summit of the 22-member Arab League.

Jarba also said the decision to keep Syria's seat vacant at the summit instead of turn it over to the opposition sends a message to Mr. Assad that he can kill while the seat waits for him.

Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz urged supporters of Syrian opposition fighters to provide more weapons to aid in the rebel effort.  Saudi Arabia is a key backer of the rebels.

U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi called for an end to the flow of weapons to all combatants in the war.  He insisted on the need for a political solution to end the conflict.

Syria's seat had been vacant since the Arab League suspended its membership in 2011.  Most Arab League members have called for President Assad to step down.
 
On Monday, Brahimi said peace talks meant to end to the fighting in Syria will not continue anytime soon.  He said the conditions for a new round of talks have not been met.  Syria's government and the opposition to President Assad have held two rounds of negotiations that ended in late January, but made little progress.
  • Freed El Mundo Middle East correspondent Javier Espinosa (right) and freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, the two Spanish journalists held hostage in Syria by an al Qaeda-linked militant group for 194 days were freed and handed over to the Turkish military in good health March 29. They pose after their arrival at Torrejon de Ardoz airbase near Madrid, Spain, March 30, 2014.
  • Freed El Mundo Middle East correspondent Javier Espinosa laughs as his son runs towards him after his arrival at Torrejon de Ardoz airbase near Madrid, Spain, March 30, 2014.
  • A refugee family from Kvromh village sit inside a makeshift house in the Serjilla archaeological site of Jabal al-Zawiya, Syria, March 29, 2014.
  • Free Syrian Army fighters walk with their weapons in Azaz village, north of Aleppo, March 30, 2014.
  • Syrian army soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad hold their weapons as they stand near a tank in al-Maamel area in Aleppo's countryside, March 25, 2014.
  • A convoy carries the coffin of the commander of the pro-government National Defense Forces, Hilal Assad, during his funeral in Latakia province, March 24, 2014.
  • Syrian soldiers carry the coffin of the commander of the pro-government National Defense Forces, Hilal Assad, during his funeral at a hospital in Latakia province, March 24, 2014. (SANA)
  • Smoke rises after what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Blleramoon district at the northern entrance to the city of Aleppo, March 23, 2014.
  • A general view shows the Armenian Christian town of Kasab after rebel fighters seized it, March 24, 2014.
  • Free Syrian Army fighters prepare to fire an artillery cannon towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, March 23, 2014.
  • Free Syrian Army fighters talk to each other within the compound of the police headquarters near the Justice Palace in the old city of Aleppo, March 23, 2014.


 
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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by: Anonymous
March 25, 2014 11:47 PM
Absolutely, the assad regime has used terrorist tacticts on the people of Syria. Syrians can put an end to assads acts by grouping together fully armed and storming his hideout. Then he can face a Syrian judicial system, but I imagine assad will commit suicide once he realises he has to face justice for his crimes. How many more thousands of innocent civilians is he going to kill before he is captured? He needs to be captured asap so this war can be put into the history books. Anyone who opposes assad as a leader gets killed, captured, and or tortured. It is a disgusting regime that needs to be stomped out at ALL costs. It is now even boiling over into other borders. What type of scum sicks his army on his own country. Assads toys must be taken away and he needs a spanking now. Please world put an end to assads terrorist acts on the people of Syria. The sooner he is captured, the sooner (many many years) Syrians can rebuild. He is destroying the country because he knows deep down inside he can't have it , so he is destroying the country on exit. A warrant for his arrest should be pushed through at the hague so a tribunal can begin for EACH and EVERY civilian he has murdered.

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