Report: US decision to arm rebels made weeks ago

June 15, 2013 15:17


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US officials have reportedly said that the determination to send weapons to the Syrian opposition had been made weeks ago, and that Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons merely provided fresh justification to act.

According to The Washington Post, US President Barack Obama’s decision to arm the Syrian rebels followed over a year of internal debate.

The Post report stated that once Syrian government ­forces, with assistance from Hezbollah and Iran, began to turn the war in Assad’s favor, "Obama ordered officials in late April to begin planning what weaponry to send and how to deliver it."

Quoting US officials, the Post report stated that April decision effectively ended the lengthy debate in the White House.

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