U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Defends Aid to Syrian Rebels

by Colonel on March 4, 2013

“Secretary of State John Kerry said that there is “no guarantee” that the weapons being given to the Syrian rebels won’t end up in the wrong hands, but he indicated the opposition is increasingly able to get those weapons into the hands of moderate rebels who do not have ties to extremist groups, reports CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan.

Last week the U.S. pledged millions of dollars in food, medical supplies, and non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition so that it can begin to provide security and govern liberated parts of Syria.

Speaking at a joint press conference in the Saudi capital Monday, Kerry said, “I would tell you this, that there is a very clear ability now in the Syrian opposition to make certain that what goes to the moderate, legitimate opposition is in fact getting to them.”

” — Copyright 2013 CBS Interactive Inc

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