Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, gives an interview to AFP at his ministry in the capital Riyadh on February 18, 2016. AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said moderate Syrian rebels should be armed with surface-to-air missiles against the Russian-backed Syrian army, a German news weekly reported Friday.U.S. deliveries of Stinger missiles to Afghan mujahideen fighters during that country's Soviet occupation is credited with having significantly turned around the conflict that ended in Russia's withdrawal.Saudi Arabia has backed rebel forces fighting Assad in the country's nearly five-year civil war.It has also been part of the U.S.-led coalition bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq since late 2014 . Jubeir told AFP this week that any Saudi troops, including special forces, on the ground would make the battle against ISIS its priority.
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