February 27th, 2013
03:13 AM ET

U.S. weighing nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition

By Elise Labott

The Obama administration is moving toward increasing aid to the Syrian opposition, including providing nonlethal military equipment and possibly strategic military training, sources told CNN Tuesday.

The changes are under discussion with allies as well, as part Secretary of State John Kerry's meetings this week in Europe, a senior administration official said.

The sources said the United States is not considering providing weapons.

The administration is also moving toward giving humanitarian aid directly to the Syrian Opposition Coalition, the official said, adding that this was already happening in limited amounts.

The consideration was first reported on Tuesday by The Washington Post.

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  2. Pete

    Sounds like another Afghanistan to me selling weapons to rebels who in turn years later use them on us like they did against Russia..Give them none lethal waepons like stun guns,tear gas grenades and rubber bullets that way that can't blame us if those rebels hurt themselves....

    February 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  3. Ben

    Muslims busy are killing Muslims in Syria. Muslims are doing something good for humanity - and that's a refreshing and welcome change. Let's keep out of their way.

    February 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  4. Joseph McCarthy

    This is absolute stupidity at it's worst! These idiots are talking about financing another idiot war while our politicians let the national budget cuts kick in! We have no business interfering in Syria's civil war in the first place but try telling the right-wing fools in Washington D.C.!

    February 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Reply
  5. SecretSquirrel

    "Strategic military training" = UW.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  6. We can't afford it.

    Um. The US can't afford it anymore.

    February 27, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
  7. 1371usmc

    Gee that's smart lets just get more involved in something that's not any of our business with money we don't have.

    February 27, 2013 at 6:47 am | Reply

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