n attempts to increase pressure against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Saudi Arabia is preparing to pay the salaries of members of the opposition Free Syrian Army to encourage defection from the military. The value of the Syrian pound has fallen sharply since the anti-regime revolt started 16 months ago. The move has been discussed between Saudi officials and senior officials in the U.S. and Arab world. It is "believed to be gaining momentum as a recent flush of weapons sent to rebel forces by Saudi Arabia and Qatar starts to make an impact on battlefields in Syria."
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