West ups arms supplies to Syria militant: Report

So-called Free Syrian Army militants exchange fire with the army forces in the Salaheddin neighborhood of Syria

So-called Free Syrian Army militants exchange fire with the army forces in the Salaheddin neighborhood of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on August 22, 2012.
 

Western nations have nearly doubled arms supplies to militants fighting the Syrian government, says one report amid ongoing talks on the Arab country’s crisis.

The United States has more than doubled its supply of light weaponry and munitions to militants linked to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA)’s Supreme Military Command in the month of January.

Accordingly, the country has delivered over 600 tons of military aid to militants since the launch of the Geneva II crisis talks in Switzerland on January 22.

The Supreme Military Command is aligned to the Western-backed opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) which is currently in talks with the government.

“We have seen twice the amount of arms deliveries from the US, France, Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” Abu Mohammed al-Quneitri, head of FSA intelligence in southern Syria also said.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Feisal al-Meqdad has slammed Washington for supporting “terrorist groups,” with Damascus issuing a separate statement accusing the US of “undermining” the Geneva II talks.

Syria has been gripped by this deadly violence since March 2011.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by Western-backed militants.

The January peace talks kicked off in the Swiss town of Montreux.

The opposition and its Western supporters insist that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down and a transitional government be formed in Syria.[More]