[h=3]A senior Russian general has said Syrian rebels now have anti-aircraft weapons, including US-made Stingers.[/h] Gen Nikolai Makarov Gen Nikolai Makarov was quoted by the Interfax news service as saying the origin of the surface-to-air missiles should be cleared up. There have been earlier unconfirmed reports of the Syrian opposition having shoulder-mounted missiles, but the west has been reluctant to arm the rebels. Russia is the biggest supplier of arms to its Syrian government ally. We have reliable information that Syrian militants have foreign portable anti-aircraft missile systems, including those made in the USA it should be cleared up who delivered them, Gen Makarov told journalists in Russia. In August, Syrian rebels said they had shot down fighter jet near the border with Iraq. Russia has been supplying weapons to Syrias embattled president Bashar al-Assad but the west has so far been reluctant to openly arm the anti-government opposition.