Two FAL rifles can be seen in this Al Jazeera report from northern Syria, August 9, 2012 (see screenshots below).
Arabic characters can be seen on the buttstock of one of the rifle. In this case, as in most, they are numbers. This seems not to be uncommon, and might be some kind of way to mark them for inventory, before distributed to fighters or maybe before they were diverted, referring to a unit they belonged to. These are only hypothesis.
Note also the presence of a Steyr AUG rifle. This type of rifle has been seen a few times already on other videos and pictures from Syria. They were not documented on this website yet. The Steyr AUG has been adopted by many countries. Someone ought to dig into this, as well, as something interesting might come up.
Talking of FAL and Steyr AUG rifles, this website appears in a piece published by The Guardian today (August 9, 2012).
What is counterintuitive – despite all the talk of weapons deliveries for the FSA paid for by Gulf allies such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar and talk of US and Turkish intelligence and co-ordination assistance – is how little hard evidence there is so far of large amounts of weapons being delivered from outside. What evidence there is of weapons entering the country suggests that so far it has largely been small arms. Belgian journalist and blogger Damien Spleeters has been attempting to identify the source of small arms that do not appear to come from the Syrian military, including Belgian-made FAL and Austrian Steyr AUG rifles that have been seen in rebel hands.
All the FAL rifles in use in the Syrian conflict, and documented here, cannot (yet) be considered as hard evidence of foreign arms supplies. But we’ll come back to that, and to this picture, later.
Thanks to Bjørn Holst Jespersen for the heads up.