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17:36 | 2013-04-08

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Iranian Envoy: Libyan Gov't Sending No More Fighters to Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Tripoli Hossein Akbari underlined that Libya which hastily recognized the Syrian opposition after its formation is no more sending organized groups of fighters to Syria to fight against President Bashar al-Assad.

"An organized brigade under the name of 'Lava al-Ommah' was once sent to Syria in the past, but now they (the fighters) just go to Syria individually and not in the form of organized groups," Akbari told FNA on Monday.

Noting that Libya cannot control its borders with the neighboring states to prevent the smuggling of weapons and fighters, he said, "As long as weapons are not collected from the Libyan society, insecurity obviously spreads to the other parts of the regions."

Akbari also blamed certain western states for inciting Libyan fighters through their financial supports and other facilities to join the rebellion in Syria.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against the Syrian police, border guards, statesmen, army and the civilians being reported across the country.

Thousands of people have been killed since terrorist and armed groups turned protest rallies into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

The US and its western and regional allies have long sought to topple Assad and his ruling system. Media reports said that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The US daily, Washington Post, reported in May that the Syrian rebels and terrorist groups battling the President Bashar al-Assad's government have received significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, a crime paid for by the Persian Gulf Arab states and coordinated by the United States.

The newspaper, quoting opposition activists and US and foreign officials, reported that Obama administration officials emphasized the administration has expanded contacts with opposition military forces to provide the Persian Gulf nations with assessments of rebel credibility and command-and-control infrastructure.

Opposition activists who several months ago said the rebels were running out of ammunition said in May that the flow of weapons - most bought on the black market in neighboring countries or from elements of the Syrian military in the past - has significantly increased after a decision by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Persian Gulf states to provide millions of dollars in funding each month.

Early this year, President Assad called for a reconciliation conference with "those who have not betrayed Syria", to be followed by the formation of a new government and an amnesty.