U.S. will increase assistance to Syrian opposition
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 01:20
Feb. 27 - The United States says it will increase aid to Syrians and the Syrian opposition in an effort to speed a political transition in Syria. Mana Rabiee reports.
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As fighting continues in Syria, the U.S. may be considering a shift in its policy to help end the crisis.
The White House announced Wednesday it's reviewing the scope of U.S. aid to Syrian rebels, saying additional support could potentially include "non-lethal assistance."
The White House wouldn't give details, but media reports suggest that could mean sending body armor and armed vehicles to the opposition, and possibly providing military training.
White House spokesperson Jay Carney.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE SPOKESPERSON JAY CARNEY SAYING:
"We will continue to provide assistance to the Syrian people, to the Syrian opposition, we will continue to increase our assistance in an effort to bring out a post-Assad Syria and a better path forward for the Syrian people."
That sentiment was echoed in Paris Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who said American support of rebels must go beyond humanitarian aid.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING:
"That's not enough, we need to help the Syrian opposition council, we need to help them to be able to deliver basic services and to protect the legitimate institutions of the state."
Kerry is expected to meet with Syrian opposition leaders at a Friends of Syria meeting in Rome Thursday.
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