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    Congress: Stop Arming Syrian Rebels

    In this Tuesday, July 2, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian rebel fires his weapon during heavy clashes with Syrian soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad near Aleppo International Airport in Aleppo, Syria. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting was fiercest in towns and villages in the strategic Aleppo. The province abuts the Turkish border, and is an important gateway for rebel fighters to bring in weapons and supplies. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

    AMC,via AP

    The House and Senate intelligence committees voted to put severe restrictions on funding to the Syrian rebels in an effort to block President Obama from arming them, sources told The Hill on Wednesday. In the vote last month, lawmakers decided they didn’t want the weapons to fall into the hands of terrorists, as some of the rebel groups have ties to al Qaeda. But the White House still seems committed to the idea of arming the rebels, with Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden both briefing the panels in June about it. “It’s not clear to me that the administration has a workable policy,” said Maine Republican Susan Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee.

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