Free Syrian Army fighters run as they fire a self-made rocket towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Bustan al-Basha district in Aleppo May 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Hosam Katan)
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Disappointment with the lack of "serious" backing for Syrian rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar Assad was behind the resignation of the defense minister in the provisional government, senior opposition figures said Monday.A vice president of the opposition-in-exile National Coalition also blamed the armed uprising's foreign backers for Mustafa's decision.Mustafa's announcement comes as coalition President Ahmad Jarba is expected to hold meetings with French officials in Paris after his visit to Washington last week, where he called for providing rebel groups with "sophisticated" weapons to neutralize the regime's air power.Moderate rebel groups have recently received shipments of TOW anti-tank missiles, reportedly through U.S.-directed channels, and have been using the weapons in battles on more than one front in the war.
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