The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pledging millions more dollars in American assistance to the Syrian rebels as the U.S. and its allies explore new ways to help those seeking to oust President Bashar Assad.
Clinton announced Friday that the Obama administration would provide the political opposition with an additional $15 million on non-lethal aid as well as $30 million in humanitarian support.
The U.S. has provided more than $130 million in humanitarian aid and almost $45 million in non-lethal aid to the rebels.
She made the pledges at a gathering of the so-called Friends of Syria group on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Clinton and other foreign ministers from the group met with nine Syrian opposition figures, including several who traveled from Syria to attend Friday’s session. Huffington Post
FACTS & FIGURES
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and insurgents are behind the unrest, while the opposition accuses the security forces of killing protesters. islamicinvitationturkey.com
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals. strategic-culture.org
Russia has warned the U.S. and the West against any unilateral action on Syria. aljazeera.com
China, along with a vocal Russia, has often stated that the Syrian conflict should be resolved diplomatically with as little external interference as possible. cfr.org
£8m more UK money for Syrian insurgents
The British government has announced that it will back up insurgents in Syria with a further £8m in another attempt to force President Bashar al-Assad’s government out of office.
The decision came as the British Prime Minister David Cameron urged other members of the international community to get more involved with the unrest in Syria, while speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday 26 September.
Britain was one of the first countries to be operating in Syria for setting up a camp and training armed insurgents, which led to the killing of innocent civilians in the Arab country and the assassinations of President Assad’s brother-in-law along with other government officials.
Claude Moniquet, a former member of the French secret intelligence service, revealed the role of the western countries’ intelligence services in arming terror gangs in Syria. Moniquet said that agencies including the UK’s MI6 and French intelligence services were all involved in smuggling arms into Syria.
Recently, Syria’s state television said two massive explosions were set off by suicide car bombers, which killed four military guards and wounded 14 other civilians and military personnel. A group linked to Al-Qaeda is said to have admitted to being responsible for the attack.
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