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Iraq worried about influx of foreign weapons to Syrian rebels

Last Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:11

Zee Media Bureau

New York: Iraq has expressed fear that weapons supplied to Syrian rebels by other nations may fall in the hand of extremists and terror groups and further worsen the condition in the country.

Iraq`s foreign minister asked outside nations to not supply weapons to any of Syria`s rebels.

The appeal is another yet attempt by Iraq to stop other countries against meddling in the two-and-a-half-year civil war to its west, even as Baghdad acknowledges that the continued fighting has escalated violence in Iraq.

But Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari yesterday that nearly 10,000 foreign fighters have joined Syria`s rebel opposition.

He said foreign military aid could help jihadist groups that are fighting among Syrian rebels against President Bashar Assad`s regime.

The US began sending small arms to the Syrian opposition within the last few weeks, and has arranged for anti-tank weapons to be funnelled to vetted rebel fighters through allied nations.

With agency inputs

First Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:11
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