"We are increasing our nonlethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, and we continue to coordinate our efforts with friends and allies in the region and beyond in order to have the biggest impact on what we are collectively doing," a senior State Department official told the Post on condition of anonymity.
“Opposition activists who two months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said this week that the flow of weapons has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month,” it said.
Terrorists, under the cover of the so-called opposition, have been staging attacks in Syria killing and wounding many civilians across the country.
16-05-2012 - 12:44 Last updated 16-05-2012 - 13:16
US facilitating arms flow to Syrian rebels
Obama administration officials denied the claims accusing the United States of supplying or funding lethal material, which includes antitank weapons, the report said.
Instead, they claimed that the administration had expanded contacts with armed rebels to provide the Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure, the Post said.
"We are increasing our non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, and we continue to coordinate our efforts with friends and allies in the region and beyond in order to have the biggest impact on what we are collectively doing," said a senior State Department official.
Material is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border, according to the Post.
Opposition activists who two months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition reported this week that the flow of weapons — most still bought on the black market — has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other autocratic Gulf states to provide monthly funding amounting to millions of dollars.
Syria's Muslim Brotherhood – based in Turkey – also said it has opened a supply channel to the rebels, using resources from wealthy individuals and money from Gulf states, primarily Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The Sunni-led Gulf states, which is aiming to turn Syria into a proxy war against regional rival Iran, welcome such assistance but would like a more formal approach.
"Various people are hoping that the US will step up its efforts to undermine or confront the Syrian regime," the Gulf official said. "We want them to get rid of Assad.''
Several internal opposition groups have previously warned against Saudi and Qatari involvement in Syria, which would likely undermine the uprising's efforts for a democratic transition and instead propel the country into civil war.
US Report: Syrian Rebels Get More Arms with Gulf Money, US Coordination
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