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US senator backs ammunition for Syrian rebels

Published on Feb 28, 2013 6:02 AM
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US Senator Marco Rubio urged the United States on Wednesday to provide ammunition to Syrian rebels and share intelligence, as Washington was said to weigh "non-lethal" aid. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Senator Marco Rubio urged the United States on Wednesday to provide ammunition to Syrian rebels and share intelligence, as Washington was said to weigh "non-lethal" aid.

"What the opposition really needs is access to ammunition," the prominent Republican said days after a US congressional visit to Israel, the occupied territories and Jordan.

"We can identify a couple of responsible groups... that we feel have built capacity," Mr Rubio said at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank in the US capital.

"Ammunition is something we can provide which is not weaponry per se, but is essential." Amid a raging civil war pitting regime loyalists against rebels seeking to oust strongman Bashar al-Assad, Mr Rubio warned that the best-organised and best-armed rebel groups in Syria "are the most radical ones, the most anti-democratic ones, the most anti-American ones."

 
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