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A pledge to rebels in Syria

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 - 01:40

June 22 - Secretary of State John Kerry confirms US will help some rebel forces in Syria, as a rebel spokesman confirms his group received new weapons. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Rebel forces launch an attack in a suburb of Idlib in Syria. The video, which could not be independently verified by Reuters, comes as Western and Arab countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agree to give urgent military support to rebels. The U.S. Secretary of State, in Qatar for meetings on Syria, confirmed the U.S. would offer support, without going into specifics. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "We have said today very clearly we are going to step up in order to provide the capacity to the SNC and to the Syrian opposition to be able to directly address the situation on the ground. Now that's as specific as I can be and as I intend to be here today." Free Syrian Army spokesman Louay Meqdad told Reuters some of that support is already being seen on the ground SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) FREE SYRIAN ARMY (FSA) SPOKESPERSON, LOUAY MEQDAD, SAYING: "We have received several consignments of weapons which we requested - weapons and ammunition - which doesn't include everything we wanted. They are the first consignments from one of the countries which support the Syrian people, and there are clear promises from Arab and foreign countries that there will be more to come. These weapons will be in the custody of professional officers, and we will not allow them to be passed on to any extremist group which does not follow the leadership of the Free Syrian Army." The conflict in Syria has gone on for more than two years and has claimed at least 93,000 lives. So far, there are few signs that anyone can put out the flames of war.

A pledge to rebels in Syria

Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 - 01:40

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