"Mustafa’s handiwork, which also includes the manufacture of homemade mortar rounds (“We can make, every day, 25 shells,” he said), is part of a grass-roots effort to create the fighters’ diverse and idiosyncratic arsenal. That is an essential component of the rebels’ survival and their recent successes against the professionally trained military with which they are locked in a struggle for Syria’s future." So let me get this straight, the US, France, UK, France, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, and UAE among other "friends" of Syria--I mean, Israel--are all helping the Syrian rebels but that they still need to manufacture homemade mortar rounds? Who are you kidding with this? How dumb are you or your foreign editor to think that this can fly? Were the surface-to-air missiles also made in people's kitchens? I mean, a ship of the most advanced weapons was captured on its way to Syria in Lebanon, and this was months ago.