U.S. Decision To Arm Syrian Rebels To Come Soon

A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in central Aleppo in this August 7, 2012 photo. VOA

U.S. To Weigh Arming Syrian Rebels, Official Says -- Reuters

(Reuters) - The United States could make a decision as early as this week on whether to arm Syrian rebels, U.S. officials said on Monday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put off a Middle East trip to attend meetings on the subject.

However, the U.S. government has debated for months whether to provide weaponry to the rebels in their civil war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces and has so far decided against.

One U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity stressed that while a decision on whether to start arming the rebels is possible as soon as this week, deliberations on the issue could easily take longer.

Kerry put off a planned trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories to attend the White House meetings, an Obama administration source said.

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More News On Reports That The U.S. Will Decide 'Soon" On Arming Syria's Rebels

Obama to decide whether U.S. will send Syrian rebels air power this week -- FOX News/AP
US decision on arming Syrian rebels imminent -- RTE News
US Poised to Decide Whether to Arm Syrian Rebels -- Voice of America
Is America about to start arming Syrian rebels? Kerry scraps visit to Israel as U.S. prepares to decide -- Daily Mail
US official: Washington to consider arming Syrian rebels -- Al Arabiya
Will U.S. arm Syrian rebels? White House to discuss it this week -- Elise Labott, CNN
Report: John Kerry Cleared His Schedule to Discuss Arming Syrian Rebels -- Atlantic Wire
Friend or Foe? Blurry portrait of Syrian fighters challenges US in sending support -- FOX News
U.S. to arm Syrian rebels? -- David Jackson, USA Today

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