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  Sivan 21, 5773 , 30/05/13

Why Senator McCain Visited Syrian Rebels

News.com.au reports US Sen. McCain has been pushing for President Barack Obama to arm the Syrian opposition fighters in the two-year battle to unseat President Bashar al-Assad. Obama has drawn a "red line" at the use of chemical warfare by Assad, which could propel the US into the conflict.

McCain said there was "some risk", says News.com.au, but with Hezbollah from Lebanon and Revolutionary Guards from Iran backing Assad, "this is a terribly unfair fight".

News.com.au added McCain said the US could easily sort out who would get munitions and make sure they would not fall into the hands of militant extremists such as al-Qaeda, who are pouring into the conflict on the side of the rebels.

McCain ventured just inside the Syrian border, notes News.com.au, and met with General Salim Idris, chief of the supreme military council of the Free Syrian Army, and his battalion leaders. He is the highest-ranking US official to date to set foot inside Syria since the conflict began.

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