The Telegraph published this fascinating photo. It shows two members of the Syrian anti-goverment group known as the Free Syrian Army. The rebel in the foreground appears to be armed with an Israeli FN FAL with a low-zoom tactical-style scope mounted atop.
The Israeli FN FAL has a distinctive fore-end, heatshied and flash-hiderless barrel.
The modus operandi of countries supplying weapons to rebels is to supply weapons that would be associated with a third party and not able to be traced back to them. This gun was probably supplied or sold to the rebels by a neighboring Arab state from an old stockpile of captured Israeli weaponry. The FN FAL was Israel’s standard service rifle during the Six-Day War and Yom Kippur War.
Can anyone identify the scope and scope mount?
[ Many thanks to jimflat6 for emailing us the link. ]