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  Tamuz 2, 5773 , 10/06/13

US soon to Arm Syrian Rebels

The Calgary Herald reports the Obama administration could decide this week to approve lethal aid for Syrian rebels and will weigh the merits of a less likely move to send US airpower to enforce a no-fly zone over the nation ripped by two years of civil war, officials said Sunday.

Opposition leaders have warned Washington, says The Calgary Herald, that their rebellion could face devastating, irreversible losses without greater support.

U.S. officials said President Barack Obama was leaning closer toward signing off on sending weapons to vetted, moderate rebel units, adds The Calgary Herald.

The U.S. has spoken of possibly arming the opposition in recent months, notes The Calgary Herald, but has been hesitant because it doesn't want al-Qaeda-linked and other extremists to end up with the weapons.

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