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Neo cold war: Russia supports Bashar, while U.S. increased its support to Syrian rebels.

Middle East Security News - Syrian Gral Idris

Middle East Security News - Syrian Gral Idris

A second chapter of the coldwar is about to open. A sort of neo cold-war. In the Syrian conflict, the current dictator is supported by Russia and Iran, while the rebels -some of them from Al Qaida- are supported by Saudi Arabia, other arab countries and possibly now the United States.  The U.S. announced this week that for the first time it will provide non-lethal aid to the Syrian rebels. One of the rebel leaders, Salim Idris, was a general in the army of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad until 10 months ago. That was when he defected. In a rare TV interview, Idris spoke to CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan in Turkey. Idris said to the CBS reporter that what they really need is ammunition,  anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles. Idris said that ” the rebels need those heavy weapons to fight Assad’s military — armed chiefly by Russia and Iran” . The Obama administration fears those arms may end up in the hands of extremists, like many weapons in Lybia did end in Mali and other parts of the region.  Idris also asked the U.S. for training to turn his fighters into a unified army and to protect against a chemical weapons attack that he thinks Assad may carry out. WATCH WHOLE STORY HERE