1. two years later

    U.S. Considers Direct Syria Aid

    A rebel fighter shoots towards Syrian government forces through a hole on the wall of a flat in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of Aleppo on February 16, 2013. More than 300 people were abducted by armed groups in northwestern Syria over two days in an unprecedented string of sectarian kidnappings, a watchdog and residents said. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fighting in Aleppo on Saturday. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty)

    The Obama administration is making a big move toward proving Syrian rebels with a helping hand as fighting rages with no end in sight. A proposed policy would send humanitarian assistance to Syria's opposition coalition and equipment (but no weapons) to the rebels--the first direct aid offered since civil war broke out two years ago. Secretary of State John Kerry will be discussing the proposal with allies in the Middle East and Europe this week in order to coordinate efforts. On Tuesday, Kerry told students in Germany that America hopes for a "peaceful resolution." but without cooperation from Syrian leaders, "then you need to at least provide some kind of support."

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