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U.S. to Provide Military Aid to Syrian Rebels


The U.S. is preparing to step up it's involvement in the two year long war raging in Syria.

The White House announced Thursday it can confirm Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons several times over the past year. U.S. officials say they now have definitive proof Syrian President, Bashar Assad, ordered the use of saran gas, killing as many as 150 people.

President Obama has said that the use of chemical weapons, or transfer of chemical weapons to terrorist groups, is a red line, and the U.S. will now start providing military support to rebel fighters.

News of the President's decision to support the rebels was met with general approval on Capitol Hill from both sides of the aisle, even if he did not spell out what kind of "military support" America will provide.

"If we do not address the chemical weapons compromise in Syria and end this war before these chemical weapons flow out of Syria, not only will Israel be in the cross hair of radical Islamists with weapons of mass destruction capability, it is only a matter of time that they come here," said South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

Some lawmakers, like Senator John McCain, believe arming the rebels is not enough, and that a no-fly zone should be put in place. Senator McCain, who has visited with opposition leaders, says Syria's air force is too strong for rebel fighters.

President Obama has not addressed setting up a no-fly zone. The only option the White House has ruled out is putting soldiers on the ground in Syria.

A recent Gallup poll found that 68 percent of Americans believe the administration should stay out of Syria because it's a civil war and the U.S. could end up arming anti-American extremists. 23 percent said the U.S. should get more involved because it's a humanitarian crisis.


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