Senior US senator calls for arming Syria rebels

By REUTERS
March 4, 2012 21:32

WASHINGTON - A senior Republican US senator on Sunday called for arming Syria's rebels through the Arab League and suggested the imposition of "no drive" and "no fly" zones against Syrian military forces targeting the opposition.

Senator Lindsey Graham, an influential Republican voice on international policy, also said he was joining with Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal to push a Senate resolution calling on the United Nations to declare Syrian President Bashar Assad a war criminal.

Both senators are members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"We need more international pressure," Graham told the program "Fox News Sunday." "We need to help the rebels militarily, economically, and let Assad know that he is an international outlaw and be held accountable."


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