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    U.S. to Supply Rebels With Weapons

    Syrian rebel fighters belonging to the "Martyrs of Maaret al-Numan" battalion leave their position after a range of shootings on June 13, 2013 in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan in front of the army base of Wadi Deif, down in the valley. At least 93,000 people, including over 6,500 children, have been killed in Syria's civil war, the United Nations said on June 13, 2013, warning that the true death toll could be far higher.  AFP PHOTO DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Two years into the civil war, officials say President Barack Obama is prepared to announce a plan to arm Syrian rebels. The bipartisan groups in the House and Senate intelligence committees had originally worried the weapons would be taken by extremist groups, but earlier this month their concerns were addressed and they decided to give the go-ahead. "We believe we are in a position that the administration can move forward," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said. In June, the White House announced it would give military aid to some rebel groups.

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