Syrian Rebels Say Saudi Arabia Is Stepping Up Weapons Deliveries
"Publicly, the Saudis expressed patience, with pro-monarchy newspapers saying that the negotiations over Syrian chemical weapons would probably founder and that American military strikes would follow sooner or later. But behind the scenes, analysts say, leaders in Saudi Arabia and allies like Qatar chafed as rebel leaders fumed that their larger need -- a way to shift the balance in the two-year-old civil war and end the army's bombardment of towns and neighborhoods -- was being ignored. The greatest fear of gulf leaders, said Hassan Hassan, who analyzes the gulf role in the Syria conflict at The National, a newspaper based in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, is that talks over Syria's chemical weapons will shift the American focus to "talking with the Iranians and the regime and Russia rather than with the gulf.""
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