WASHINGTON - A plan developed last summer by then-Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton and then-CIA Director David Petraeus to arm and train
Syrian rebels was rebuffed by the White House, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
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United States has sent humanitarian aid to Syria but has declined
requests for weapons by rebels fighting to overthrow the government of
Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The White House rejected the
Clinton-Petraeus proposal over concerns it could draw the United States
into the Syrian conflict and the arms could fall into the wrong hands,
the Times said, citing unnamed Obama administration officials.