No surprise considering the rebels are mainly Sunnis and the Alawite regime is an Iranian ally.

(JPost) — Saudi Arabia is arming Syrian rebels locked in a year-long rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad, a senior Arab diplomat told AFP Saturday.

Calling the shipments an effort to stop the bloodshed in Syria, the diplomat clarified that “Saudi military equipment is on its way to Jordan to arm the the Free Syrian Army,” according to the report.

Also Saturday, an Iraqi government spokesman said his country would not permit Iran to ferry arms to Syria through or over its territory, AFP reported.

Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the Iranian ambassador was told “Iraq will not permit the use of its air space or its territory for the transit of any arms cargo to Syria,” according to the report.

The United States on Friday said it was in contact with Iraq and encouraging it to ensure no military cargo headed for Syria is transported through Iraqi airspace.