Al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and the Collapsing Free Syrian Army

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Al Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and the Collapsing Free Syrian Army

In Syria, General Idris, the head of the Free Syrian Army, on Thursday was reported to have fled the country for Turkey. Now he's saying he didn't flee; he just happened to be in Turkey. But one way or the other, the story seems to be there were warehouses full of arms that had been donated by the West--not quite specified exactly who gave the arms. Those warehouses were not defended by the Free Syrian Army, and apparently, al-Qaeda-allied forces seized them, although even that's in some dispute.

But what doesn't seem in too much dispute is the Free Syrian Army is either weak, on the verge of, or has actually already collapsed. What does that mean in terms of Western policy, and more importantly, what does that mean for the struggle within Syria?

Joining The Real News Network to talk about all of this is Omar Dahi. He's an associate professor of economics at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and he's a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.

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