WASHINGTON - Rebels fighting to depose Syrian president Bashar Assad have for the first time acquired a small supply of surface-to-air missiles, according to a news report that a Western official did not dispute.
NBC News reported Tuesday night that the rebel Free Syrian Army had obtained nearly two dozen of the weapons, which were delivered to them via neighboring Turkey, whose moderate Islamist government has been demanding Assad's departure with increasing vehemence.
Indications are that the US government, which has said it opposes arming the rebels, is not responsible for the delivery of the missiles.
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