Kerry Unveils $60M in Aid for Syria Rebels
But purely of the 'non-lethal' variety
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2013 7:39 AM CST
US Secretary of State John Kerry talks to Syrian opposition coalition leader Mouaz al-Khatib during an international conference on Syria at Villa Madama, Rome, Feb. 28, 2013.   (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

(Newser) – The US intends to step up its "non-lethal" aid to the Syrian opposition, John Kerry announced after a meeting of the "Friends of Syria" group in Rome today. The Obama administration will ask Congress for $60 million in aid, along with food rations, and medical supplies, the BBC reports. "The US decision to take further steps now is the result of the brutality of superior armed force propped up by foreign fighters from Iran and Hezbollah," Kerry said.

But the move doesn't go as far as reports yesterday indicated it might, NPR points out—there was no mention of body armor, armored vehicles, or military training, for instance. US officials say the opposition has brought up "other needs," and that it is "keeping that under review." In the meantime, Britain and other nations are likely to provide such equipment, the Washington Post reports. But despite the caution, one Syrian leader expressed optimism, Reuters reports. "We heard today a different kind of discourse," he said.

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Mar 1, 2013 3:00 AM CST
Oh ya, instead of helping Syria, Obama could have sent every person in America 18 cents.
Feb 28, 2013 10:26 PM CST
Just total NONSENSE ! We hear about all the budget problems and programs for AMERICANS being CUT or not happening at all; yet these a** wipes want to give MORE $$$$ to a foreign country ... Veterans can't get decent medical care ..especially in DENTAL .. yet we have all these Millions of $$$ to send overseas ..... We have homelessness, kids and adults going hungry , people who are abused etc ... yet there is a shortage of shelters and $$$$ BUT; when it comes to giving tax dollars to foreign countries ; suddenly we have the money ... where did it come from ? They keep saying that there is a shortage in the Social Security funds ... well; why not take this xtra $60 Million that they plan on shipping over to Syria and use it in the Social Security funds that were Illegally raided by the government years ago ??? Just for ONCE; our country needs to think of AMERICANS instead of all these other countries .... time for America to STOP taking it up the wazoo ....
Feb 28, 2013 4:38 PM CST
We see the Sequestered Tempest but don't know whether to kneel and pray, or continue taking it up the ass. 1942