U.S. Offers Aid to Syrian Rebels

    In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 photo, a Syrian rebel, no name given, prepares for a video interview, at their headquarters in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria. The new Syrian rebel chief, a defected army general who spent months in exile, says he has begun operating inside Syria to unite autonomous anti-regime militias for what he hopes will be the final push against President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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    The United States is ready to step up its pledge to help the Syrian opposition in the country’s ongoing civil war. On Wednesday officials said that the U.S. will help train rebels and offer nonlethal military equipment, like vehicles and communication gear. The training mission is already under way, and Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to offer the gear and most likely propose direct financial aid at a meeting with opposition leaders in Rome. Before this development, the U.S. hadn't offered aid directly to Syrian rebels, but it had been filtered through local councils and unarmed groups. 

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