Desperate Syrian rebels turn homes into weapons factories'FSA Captain Ammar al-Aswad, one of the first officers who defected from Assad's army, said he had "lost hope in the Western countries." Al-Aswad added that he had participated in some of the early meetings with foreign officials assessing how to help the FSA obtain arms and ammunition. "Let me tell you something. They were just lying to us. They didn't even have the intention to help," he said. "But we don't need their help anymore." ' Not so desperate.