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Syrian opposition fighters eye up Damascus and call for advanced weapons

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Ammunition and weapons are the Free Syrian Army’s primary concern as the conflict and struggle to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad enters its third year.

The Syrian regime forces are equppied with immense firepower compared to the oppostion fighters and have shelled and bombed cities across the country. They have left the opposition scattered in some places and unable to fight back equally given the lack of heavy weaponry.

The video report in this story was sent by Al Arabiya's correspondent Rima Maktabi films an opposition training workshop, where weapons like anti-craft missiles are stored.

Abu Fady, an opposition fighter, told Maktabi that Syrian fighters are eyeing up Damascus and expect Assad to fall soon.

“A non-Muslim regime uses clerics, Jihad and plays Quran to call for support,” he said. “We do not want to be very optimistic and say weeks or days, but the regime will be done in months.”

Another FSA member told Al Arabiya that the weapons they have stored can travel distances of up to two to five kilometers.

The opposition fighters seized the armory shown in the video after previous battles with Syrian regime forces.

“In some instances…depending on our capabilities…if we had good capabilities…the fighting will be fierce,” one FSA fighter told Maktabi. “If not we halt to collect arms in order to defend ourselves.”

Other arms amassed by the FSA came from countries that are allegedly supporting the Syrian uprising.

The FSA is looking for more advanced weaponry such as shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft Stinger rockets. But some Western countries remain concerned that these weapons may fall into the hands of extremists.