U.S. considers direct aid to Syrian rebels T

U.S. considers direct aid to Syrian rebels

The Obama administration is moving toward a major policy shift on Syria that could provide the rebels with equipment such as body armor, armored vehicles and possible military training and could send humanitarian assistance directly to Syria’s opposition political coalition, according to U.S. and European officials.

The administration has not provided direct aid to either the military or political side of the opposition throughout the two-year-old Syrian conflict, and U.S. officials remain opposed to providing weapons to the rebels.

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