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Saudi officers lead terrorists in Syria war, engage in militancy directly

Terrorists from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) load ammunition into a tank during clashes with Syrian government forces near the village of Om al-Krameel, in Aleppo's southern countryside, on May 5, 2016. (AFP photo)

Saudi officers are directly taking part in the war in Syria as five years of support to the Takfiri terrorists has fallen short of realizing the kingdom’s goal to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad, a report says.

The report by the Lebanese As-Safir newspaper said on Wednesday that the Saudi role in the war in Syria is far beyond its financial and military support to the Takfiri terrorists as the kingdom’s officers are now directly present in the battles, especially in northern Syria.

The daily quoted Syrian sources as saying that since the ceasefire agreement came into effect on February 27, the Saudi officers have taken part in running the terrorists’ operations room and coordinating their activities.

Alongside Saudis, Turkish officers in the operations rooms of Antakya and Scanderoon are also coordinating the terrorists’ military activities.

The report comes as militants from 13th Division of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists along with terrorists of Ahrar al-Sham have reportedly used some 40 Tow missiles that the Saudis have transferred to the southern countryside of Aleppo in the past two weeks.

Saudi Arabia has provided the terrorists with 1,300 missiles, worth USD 960 million, which Riyadh had bought from US.

The report comes as more than 2,500 terrorists from al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, Turkistan Islamic party, the 13th Division, Jund al-Aqsa and Faylaq al-Sham recently attacked positions of the fighters from the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah in the Khalsa district in the southern countryside of Aleppo. The terrorists used 14 car bombs in the attack.

Some 30 resistance fighters were killed in the terrorists’ raid, with most of them losing their lives when the militants fired Tow missiles. Some 167 terrorists were also killed in the battles.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011.

UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which has also displaced over half of the Arab country’s pre-war population of about 23 million.

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