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        2/8/2013, Shevat 28, 5773

      Panetta, Dempsey Admit Supporting Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels


      The Obama administration’s two top defense officials on Thursday publicly acknowledged a policy disagreement with the White House over whether to send U.S. arms to the rebels in Syria, Bloomberg News reports.

      In congressional testimony, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both said they supported a plan last year by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus to provide weapons to the rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.