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May 3, 2013 12:31 am

Hagel: US Rethinking Opposition to Arming Syrian Rebels

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Photo: Wikipedia.

New York Times – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed Thursday that the Obama administration was rethinking its opposition to arming the rebels in Syria’s civil war, although he said that no decisions had been made.

“You look at and rethink all options,” Mr. Hagel said during a Pentagon news conference after being asked whether the administration was reassessing its stance on providing weapons to the rebels. He was joined by his British counterpart, Philip Hammond, whose government was early among close American allies to identify the possible use of chemical weapons during the civil war.

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