Kerry: US to Step Up Aid to Syrian Rebels

Foreign Policy Focuses on Regime Change in Syria

by Jason Ditz, April 09, 2013

With a planned meeting with Syrian rebel officials scheduled for tomorrow, Secretary of State John Kerry says imposing regime change in the nation remains “front and center” in foreign policy discussions, and that the US is considering “stepped-up” aid to rebel factions.

Kerry and other foreign ministers keen on throwing more funding at the rebels will be meeting with Ghassan Hitto, Texas IT specialist turned “prime minister in exile.” The meeting as with many others, is expected to include calls from the rebels for advanced weaponry at a minimum and from their perspective ideally a full-scale NATO invasion to install them as the new government.

The push to arm the rebels will be somewhat tempered by the announcement by al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) that they have merged entirely with one of the largest rebel factions, Jabhat al-Nusra.

US officials haven’t commented on how that merger will play with their plans to intervene more on behalf of the rebels, but French officials have warned against making any hasty decisions to stop backing the rebels just because they have turned out to be part of al-Qaeda.

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