Syria: Libya and Iraq biggest arms traffickers to rebels

Lebanese investigative reporter interviews arms smuggler

12 April, 16:31

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, APRIL 12 - Libya and Iraq are now the main providers of contraband arms to warring militias in Syria, an arms trafficker told an investigative reporter from Lebanese daily An-Nahar on Friday.

    Black market arms prices in Lebanon are ''back to normal'' after spiking last year on strong demand for light and medium weaponry from Syrian rebels, said the source, who identified himself as Abu Adham.

    Lebanese demand fell once the Syrian market became awash in arms coming directly from Libya and Iraq, according to Adham. Before 2011, the asking price for a Kalashnikov bullet was 800 Lebanese pounds (approximately 40 eurocents).

    ''When the Syrian revolution broke out, prices went all the way up to 3,000 Lebanese pounds (1.5 euros) a bullet, now they are at 1,500 pounds (approximately 75 eurocents)'', Adham explained. (ANSAmed).

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