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Syrian rebels to get more aid

Thursday, February 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.

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Syrian rebels to get more aid

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 01:09