Persistent Saudi-U.S. differences hurt Syria strategy


  • World
  • Monday, 05 May 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama (front L) is escorted from Marine One to Air Force One as he departs Saudi Arabia to return to Washington March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - Differences between the United States and Saudi Arabia over Middle East policy persist, despite attempts to shore up their old alliance, and may prove calamitous for Syrian rebels.

Although there is evidence that some American weapons are starting to find their way to more moderate groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, disagreements over what to supply, and to whom, have hindered the fight.

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