According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, an Arab diplomat and several opposition figures have reported that Saudi Arabia has offered to provide the opposition in Syria with Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles and Chinese man-portable air-defense (MANPAD) systems. The weapons are already waiting in warehouses in Jordan and Turkey and are expected to reach southern Syria from Jordan while the opposition in the north will get arms from Turkey, according to a Western diplomat.
According to the WSJ report, rebel commanders struck a deal on the new armaments shipment during a meeting with U.S. and Saudi intelligence agents in Jordan on January 30.
During that meeting, rebels allegedly claimed that their new military gains would help force official Damascus consider President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster and bring forward a political solution to the conflict.
The Wall Street Journal also reports that their rebel sources claimed the U.S. government is paying their salaries to fight the Assad forces. The Southern Front brigades allegedly received $3 million in cash in salaries during the two meetings in Jordan, one held on January 30 and the other late last year.