The United States is to supply direct military aid to the Syrian opposition for the first time, according to a White House announcement, cited on Friday by the British Broadcasting Corporation. A spokesman said that President Barack Obama made the decision after his administration concluded Syrian government forces were using chemical weapons.
Deputy National Security advisor Ben Rhodes did not give details other than to say it would be "different in scope and scale to what we have provided before". Administration officials have been quoted by American media as saying it will most likely include sending small arms and ammunition. The New York Times quoted US officials as saying that Washington could provide anti-tank weapons, which Syria's rebels have been seeking, as well as anti-aircraft weapons.