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Syrian rebels to get more aid

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 - 01:09

Feb. 28 - A coalition supporting the Syrian opposition offers more aid at a Friends of Syria conference in Rome, Italy. Travis Brecher reports.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at a Friends of Syria conference in Rome - part of his first foreign trip at his new post. He's here to meet coalition members of mostly European and Arab nations supporting the Syrian opposition. Also in attendance - the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition Moaz al-Khatib. His group was planning to appeal for military support in its quest to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The United States did agree to send non-lethal aid directly to Syrian rebels for the first time - though stopped short of offering weapons. John Kerry offered an extra 60 million US dollars on behalf of the U.S. to help provide security. The American policy shift reflects a desire to do more to help the opposition in the conflict - but Washington still appears to have no appetite for a military intervention. The United Nations says that more than 70,000 people have been killed since the conflict began nearly two years ago.

Syrian rebels to get more aid

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 - 01:09

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