Kerry, after the talks in Rome, said Washington would more than double its aid to the Syrian civilian opposition, giving it an extra $60 million to help provide food, sanitation and medical care to devastated communities. The United States would now “extend food and medical supplies to the opposition, including to the Syrian opposition’s Supreme Military (Council)”, Kerry said. [Reuters]
THE ANNOUNCEMENT from Secretary Kerry falls well short of what Syrian rebels want, which begins with “qualitative military support”.
The lack of military support from the U.S. came close to keeping the anti-Assad forces out of the Rome meeting. It remains the most contentious issue among those involved and trying to bring the Assad regime down.