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Obama steps up military aid to Syrian rebels

Gregdn Wrote: Jun 15, 2013 4:43 PM
Gee, we supported the Shia in Iraq and are now supporting the Sunnis in Syria. Not a very coherent foreign policy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's authorization of military aid to the Syrian rebels "dramatically" increases U.S. support for the opposition, the White House said Friday, while acknowledging that it will take time for the supplies to reach fighters struggling in their clashes with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

U.S. officials said the new aid would include weapons and ammunition and comes in response to firmer evidence from the White House of chemical weapons use by Assad's regime.

"There's already material that's been flowing to the opposition and that will continue in the weeks to come," said Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser.