Saudi's Prince Turki Calls for Sophisticated Weapons To Be Given to Syrian Rebels
January 28, 2013 • 11:18AM

Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief and brother of the Saudi foreign minister, on Friday called for Syrian rebels to be given anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to use against the Assad regime.

"What is needed are sophisticated, high-level weapons that can bring down planes, can take out tanks at a distance. This is not getting through," said Prince Turki, as quoted by Reuters from the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Essentially acknowledging that the Saudis are already sending weapons, Prince Turki said: "I'm not in government, so I don't have to be diplomatic. I assume we're sending weapons, and if we were not sending weapons it would be a terrible mistake on our part... You have to level the playing field. Most of the weapons the rebels have, come from captured Syrian stocks and defectors bringing their weapons."