The Saudi Arabian government has officially thrown in the towel on the hopes that the United States will take the lead in toppling the Assad regime in Syria.
The House of Saud is now training its own fighters to stabilize the situation in Syria. They envision a force of 40,000 to 50,000 Sunni fighters capable of defeating the regime of President Assad and counterbalancing Islamist rebel groups that are affiliated with al-Qaida. King Abdullah has enlisted the help of veteran foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal. and former Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan. More troubling, however, is the House of Saud recruiting Pakistan to train Saudi fighters.
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