Skip to comments.Syria crisis: US steps up aid to rebels at talks in Turkey (Kerry: Mo' Money)
Posted on 04/20/2013 6:42:56 PM PDT by haffast
Mr Kerry told the meeting in Istanbul that the US would provide Syrian rebels $123m in new, non-lethal aid.
He said President Barack Obama was committed to a "democratic, unified, post-Assad Syria".
More than 60,000 have died in the two-year uprising against Bashar al-Assad.
Mr Kerry also announced that all aid from the 11 countries known as the Friends of Syria would now be channelled through the Turkey-based Free Syrian Army group headed by Gen Salim Idris.
The meeting in Istanbul brought together the foreign ministers of countries opposing the government of President Assad.
Mr Kerry said the meeting had brought significant advances.
He said: "The situation in Syria is horrific. It is horrible." He accused the Assad government of "using ballistic missiles against innocent people" and "using his air force to rain down terror on the people of his country".
Mr Kerry said Mr Obama had instructed him to step up efforts with the opposition and that the Friends of Syria were committed to a "mutually consented transitional government and then an elected new leader".
The rebels have been pushing for military supplies and insisted in Istanbul that any weapons they received would not "fall into the wrong hands".
The US and EU have so far refused to supply the rebels with weapons.
The Western allies are concerned that they may end up in the hands of Islamist extremists inspired by al-Qaeda.
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Who the hell does he think he is? Obama?
Oxymoron: “democratic, unified, post-Assad Syria”.
What a clown-car administration...nobama, kerry and hagel. If only klintoon was part of this feckless and clueless cabal. Don’t you feel safe?
I support Assad killing these Sunni jihadis.
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