Syria opposition say vow to control distribution of US arms

July 12, 2013 03:17


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WASHINGTON - Syria's opposition said on Thursday that it was concerned US lawmakers had succeeded in holding up US weapons deliveries to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad and repeated assurances the arms will not go to Islamist militants.

Members of the US Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees have expressed reservations over the Obama administration's intentions to support the insurgents by sending them military hardware, fearing the weapons would fall into the wrong hands.

But none of the military aid has arrived, an official from an Arab country and Syrian opposition sources told Reuters.

The White House announced in June that it would arm vetted groups of Syrian rebels, after avoiding involvement in the two-year-old conflict the United Nations said this week has killed more than 100,000 people.

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