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U.S. provided nearly $260 million in “nonlethal support” to Syrian opposition


This news story was published on December 17, 2013.
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A Syrian rebel stands guard at an oil well near Shahel, Syria, November 20, 2012.

A Syrian rebel stands guard at an oil well near Shahel, Syria, November 20, 2012.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. is providing millions of dollars of nonlethal assistance to rebels fighting the Syrian government, a State Department spokesperson said last week.

According to State Department Office of the Spokesperson, the Department of State is providing nearly $260 million in nonlethal support to the Syrian opposition and the Supreme Military Council (SMC).

The information was released on December 12th in response to a question asked the previous day at daily press briefing.

At that press briefing, spokesperson Jen Psaki elaborated somewhat on exactly what nonlethal assistance might mean.

“Well, nonlethal assistance, as you know, could include – includes items like MREs, laptops, et cetera,” Psaki said.

Recently, Islamic Front forces have seized the headquarters and warehouses belonging to the SMC, causing the U.S. to rethink its strategies on aiding the rebels in the Syrian civil war.

“We’re gathering the facts, consulting with friends in the Syrian opposition on the next steps we can do in support of the Syrian people,” Psaki said. “We’re working closely with … the SMC staff at this point to inventory the status of U.S. equipment and supplies provided to the SMC. As a result of this situation, the United States has suspended all deliveries of nonlethal assistance into northern Syria while we evaluate the situation on the ground and gather additional details.”  

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2 Responses to U.S. provided nearly $260 million in “nonlethal support” to Syrian opposition

  1. Allen

    Allen Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Here we go again, giving away tax dollars we don’t have. The muslims have said that they will destroy this country, economically, and it’s working, with the help of our government.

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    kid dynomite Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

    All part of out policeman to the world agenda.