The allegations of funding from Riyadh and Doha were not attributed to anyone, but AlBawaba news media did draw attention to the fact that both Saudi Arabia and Qatar actively support the Syrian opposition.
At the same time, several Iranian news sources report that some 50 Turkish officers arrested in Syria last week have confirmed that they were trained by the Israeli Special Forces to carry out insurgent acts against the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad.
The arrested officers also, according to Iran’s Fars news agency, admitted to initiating contact with Qatar and Saudi Arabia, inadvertently lending support to the countries’ involvement in the ongoing conflict in Syria.
British MI6 agents have entered the Syrian ground, their Ministry said on Friday. This is the first time such a declaration has come from a ministry. The media have been full of reports about foreign Special Forces training the Syrian opposition since November.
The Israeli DEBKA outlet reported that British and Qatari commandos are instructing the Syrian opposition and supplying them with arms. The French weekly Le Canard Enchaine and Turkish daily Milliyet revealed the presence of French intelligence in the region, also instructing the Free Syrian Army in urban guerrilla techniques. These camps were located in Libya’s Tripoli, southern Turkey and northern Lebanon, read the reports.
The Syrian government has also to deal with Jihadists flocking to the country from neighboring Iraq. According to the Iraqi Interior Ministry, the insurgents are smuggling weaponry across the border to support anti-Assad movement.
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