Sources: White House Strongly Considering Increasing Aid to the Syrian Rebels

by Colonel on February 26, 2013

“The Obama administration is moving toward increasing aid to the Syrian opposition, including providing nonlethal military equipment and possibly strategic military training, sources told CNN Tuesday.

The changes are under discussion with allies as well, as part Secretary of State John Kerry’s meetings this week in Europe, a senior administration official said.

The sources said the United States is not considering providing weapons.

The administration is also moving toward giving humanitarian aid directly to the Syrian Opposition Coalition, the official said, adding that this was already happening in limited amounts.

The consideration was first reported on Tuesday by The Washington Post.

The United States is also looking to remove restrictions on “dual-use” equipment, such as those involving communications, body armor, flak jackets, night-vision equipment and military vehicles, according to another source familiar with the policy discussions.

” — Elise Labott, Copyright 2013 Cable News Network

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