Published on 18 September 2012

Syria: Behind the conflict

Syria: The secret conflict

Behind the military operations that pit rebels from the Free Syrian Army against government forces lies another and more secretive tug-of-war: that of supplying the two warring camps. To buy gasoline and ordnance needed by its army, Syria is forced to flout American and European sanctions and call upon its Russian ally for assistance. As for the rebels, they rely on a coalition of Western and Gulf nations to supply them with arms but the equipment is rudimentary and arrives only sparingly.

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