US airlifts arms with EU help to Syrian rebels
The US has co-ordinated a massive airlift of arms to Syrian rebels from Croatia with the help of Britain and other European countries, despite the EU arms embargo, it was claimed.
The non-lethal assistance and training announced in the past week by William Hague, Britain's foreign secretary, was preceded by much greater though less direct Western involvement in the rebel cause, according to a Croat newspaper.
It was reported that 3,000 tons of weapons have been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to the rebels, largely via Jordan, since November.
The report said weapons came "from several other European countries including Britain".
The British foreign office denied the Croatian reports.