TEHRAN -- Diplomatic sources confirmed that Turkey has stepped up its support toward the Free Syrian Army by providing militants with sophisticated American weaponry in a new attempt to tip the balance in its favor and successfully depose Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.
Anonymous sources have reported that in synchronization with western powers, Ankara delivered anti-tank missiles to militants - which militants have already been trained in such technology -- in order to offset the Syrian armed forces' advantages on the ground, Islam Times reported.
The militants in question are believed to belong to a so-called moderate faction of the Muslim Brotherhood. Sources have stressed that they believe the delivery of such weapons will be made in Idlib, where radical groups such as Daash (ISIL) or Al Nusra have little sway.
On Monday, Israel's Debkafile website reported that two Syrian rebel militias -- the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian Revolutionary Front -- have been supplied with advanced US weapons, including armor-piercing, optically-guided BGM-71 TOW missiles, thanks to the Pentagon.
According to Debkafile's report, US Gen. Martin Dempsey -- the chairman of the Joint Chiefs -- asked officials in Israel last week to help get Saudi Arabian fighter jets stationed at the kingdom's Faisal Air Base at Tabuk near Jordan positioned in a manner that would provide air cover as American forces moved the weapons into Southern Syria. Debkafile attributed the claims to unnamed military sources.