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U.S. Mulls Aid for Syria Opposition

After sanctioning Bashar al-Assad’s regime and telling the Syrian leader to stop killing protesters, the Obama administration is preparing options for aiding the Syrian opposition directly. Two administration officials tell Foreign Policy that a small group of representatives from several agencies has convened to discuss extending humanitarian aid to the Syrian rebels and appointing a special coordinator to work with them. They also discussed establishing a humanitarian corridor along the Turkish border, but that would require establishing a no-fly zone, which the officials say is extremely unlikely. Meanwhile, Syrian security forces have killed at least 11 protesters as the Arab League monitoring team continues its visit. 

December 29, 2011 10:01 AM