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Will U.S. arm Syrian rebels? White House to discuss it this week

Posted By admin On June 10, 2013 @ 7:17 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Elise Labott
CNN [1]
June 10, 2013

Obama administration officials confirm there will be White House meetings this week on Syria, where discussion of possibly sending lethal weapons to Syrian rebels will be on the agenda.

The officials stressed no final decisions have been made, although they said President Barack Obama was inching closer to signing off on arming moderate rebel units that had been vetted.

The White House meetings will also discuss a possible no-fly zone, although officials said that was less likely.

The interagency discussions come as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has made gains against the opposition in the past few weeks,including capturing Qusayr [2], the embattled town near the border with Lebanon. Also, Hezbollah has become more active in the fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime. The opposition has warned the Obama administration that without immediate support, they could face crippling losses.

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[1] CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/09/politics/white-house-syria/index.html

[2] including capturing Qusayr: http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/08/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html?iref=allsearch

[3] U.S. training Syrian rebels; White House ‘stepped up assistance’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-training-syrian-rebels-white-house-stepped-up-assistance.html

[4] Western-backed rebels kill 150 Syrian soldiers in northern Aleppo: activists: http://www.prisonplanet.com/western-backed-rebels-kill-150-syrian-soldiers-in-northern-aleppo-activists.html

[5] Obama says US is ‘looking at all options,’ could arm Syrian rebels: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-says-us-is-looking-at-all-options-could-arm-syrian-rebels.html

[6] Syrian rebels tried to kill Assad’s top aides, Israeli officials confirm: http://www.prisonplanet.com/syrian-rebels-tried-to-kill-assads-top-aides-israeli-officials-confirm.html

[7] US to start arming Syrian rebels ‘shortly’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-to-start-arming-syrian-rebels-%e2%80%98shortly%e2%80%99.html

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