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Up in arms: Iraqis say radicals are smuggling weapons to Syrian opposition

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Laaska News  Feb. 12, 2012

Iraqi deputy interior minister Adnan al-Assadi told AFP that “weapons are being smuggled from Mosul through the Rabia crossing to Syria, as members of the same families live on both sides of the border.”
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­The Iraqi official said they had plenty of evidence to support the claims provided by the country’s intelligence services. Al-Assadi also said that there were many reports of Iraqi jihadists making their way into Syria to join forces with the opposition.

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A strong indicator of weapons smuggling is, according to the deputy minister, the sudden and steep hike in prices on the Iraqi side of the border.
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“The weapons are transported from Baghdad to Nineveh province, and the prices of weapons in Mosul are higher now because they are being sent to the opposition in Syria,” Assadi said. He added that in the province bordering Syria, the price of a Kalashnikov assault rifle has risen from between $100 and $200 up to $1500.

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The Syrian government has long claimed that the opposition was being helped by foreigners. Violence in the Middle Eastern country has been going on for almost a year, with anti-government groups fighting to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power.
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This statement from Iraq comes amid increased tensions around the Syrian crisis. Damascus has closed down the embassies of Tunisia and Libya after the two North African countries announced similar measures against Syria. The Gulf States have also decided to expel Syrian ambassadors from their capitals and have said they are mulling further moves.
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Meanwhile, the international community is stepping up pressure for harsher measures against President Assad and his regime. A recent UN draft resolution that called for Assad’s immediate resignation was vetoed in the Security Council by Russia and China, the only two states that oppose foreign intervention in what they believe to be Syria’s domestic affairs.
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