Too late to arm Syria's fighters?

Analysts say moment to arm opposition may have passed, as Saudi Arabia makes case for their "right to defence".

    Saudi Arabia has renewed calls for foreign countries to back the Free Syrian Army, an umbrella group mainly comprised of members of security forces who defected to protect civilians from the Syrian government's year-long crackdown on dissent.

    The Gulf kingdom's foreign minister said that the lowly armed opposition fighters need better weapons to defend themselves and their cities from government forces, which have used heavy artillery to bombard and devastate protest hubs across the country.

    But some analysts believe it may be too late to arm the fighters against the heavily armed Syrian military.

    Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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