1. Uneasy Allies

    U.S. Suspends Some Aid to Syria

    A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army holds a position with a Belgium made FAL rifle at a front line in the Salah al-Din neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on December 1, 2013. A Syrian regime air raid on the northern town of Al-Bab, in the Aleppo province, killed at least eleven people, in a second day of deadly strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED AL-KHATIEB        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED AL-KHATIEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The United States has suspended all non-lethal aid to Syria after the hardline Islamic Front seized control of the headquarters of the U.S.-friendly Supreme Military Council, a U.S. spokesman in Ankara said. According to the U.S. armed forces code, non-lethal aid generally consists of communications equipment, medical supplies, intelligence assistance, and body armor. The Islamic Front, a union of six rebel groups, also took control of the Free Syrian Army bases at Bab al-Hawa near Syria’s border with Turkey on Friday. Turkey closed its border crossing at the Hatay province after reports of increased clashes on the Syrian side.

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