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John Kerry hints at more aid for Syria rebels. Does that mean arming them? (+video)

The answer could come Thursday, when Secretary of State John Kerry and other Western officials are to gather in Rome for a meeting with at least some of Syria’s divided opposition groups.

Secretary of State John Kerry urges Syrian opposition to attend Rome talks.
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More Western assistance for Syria’s rebels is in the works, according to Secretary of State John Kerry and the leaders he is meeting with at the outset of his nine-country trip through Europe and the Middle East.

The crucial question for Syria’s opposition forces is whether that stepped-up aid would include arms for fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The answer could come Thursday, when Secretary Kerry and other Western officials are to gather in Rome for a meeting with at least some of Syria’s divided opposition groups.

The Obama administration is coming under increasing pressure at home – from Republicans and some Democrats – to reverse course and directly arm the rebels. So far the administration has provided only “nonlethal” assistance, arguing that some of the rebel groups are aligned with Al Qaeda or other groups unfriendly to the United States.

 
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