US to Give Aid Directly to Syrian Rebels for 1st Time

RIA Novosti
Thursday 28th February, 2013

WASHINGTON, February 28 (RIA Novosti) – The US will send the Syrian opposition an additional $60 million and for the first time, provide rebel forces with direct aid meant to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. “For more than a year, the United States and our partners have called on Assad to heed the voice of the Syrian people and to halt his war machine. Instead, what we have seen is his brutality increase,” Kerry told reporters in Rome at a global conference of world leaders and after he met with the leader of Syria‚Äôs…

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