US Boosting Non-Lethal Aid to Syrians

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — More U.S. assistance is going to Syrian rebels in their effort to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

At a meeting of foreign ministers Sunday in Istanbul, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Obama administration would double the current amount of aid to the opposition.

That puts the new figure at around $127 million.

Somee of the supplies, which weren’t specified, will be directed to fighters with the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.  This organization was set up late last year as a way of uniting the numerous groups on the ground in Syria.

The White House is reluctant to provide anything other than “nonlethal” assistance at this time to the enemies of al-Assad, fearing that weaponry could fall into the hands of al Qaeda-linked groups determined to set up a militant Islamic government to fill any potential political vacuum.

However, the new U.S. aid might still include body armor and night-vision goggles, which would show the administration is softening its stance against providing any military-type equipment.

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