U.S. Doubles Nonlethal Aid To Syrian Rebels
The U.S. is sending more aid to the Syrian rebels:
Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday announced that the U.S. will provide $123 million to Syria’s rebels in additional nonlethal aid that may include armor for the first time.
Kerry made the announcement in Istanbul, Turkey, where he is meeting with Syrian Coalition officials and foreign ministers who back the opposition.
The new aid doubles nonlethal assistance to the rebels, according to the State Department.
Earlier this week, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said President Obama was preparing to ramp up U.S. military pressure in Syria in an attempt to bring the ongoing civil war in the country to an end.
The White House could create a no-fly zone along the Turkish or Jordanian border or additional deployments of Patriot missile systems in those countries.
“Something is happening, something is going on,” Levin said after Wednesday’s Senate hearing on the situation in Syria.
While Obama has not officially requested any recommendations for U.S. military action in Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel “had a long conversation with the president” on the issue at the White House on Tuesday, according to Levin, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Keep an eye on this one. The last thing we need to do is get involved in this civil war.