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U.S. not considering arming Syria's opposition


08:19, February 08, 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government said on Tuesday that it is not considering arming the opposition in Syria, as violence continues in an 11-month turmoil facing the Arab nation.

"We're not considering that step right now," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a regular news briefing.

"We're exploring the possibility of providing humanitarian aid to Syrians, and we're working with our partners, again, to ratchet up the pressure, ratchet up the isolation on Assad and his regime, " he said.

U.S. Senator John McCain on Tuesday called for arming the Syrian opposition, saying "We should start considering all options, including arming the opposition. The bloodletting has got to stop. "

The call came as the UN Security Council failed to agree over the weekend on a resolution backing an Arab League initiative that seeks the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a political transition.

"We don't think more arms into Syria is the answer," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

"We think the answer is to get to a national democratic dialogue, for the violence to stop, for the regime's tanks to come out of the cities, and then for monitors to be able to go back," she said at a regular news briefing.

She rejected a comparison with Libya, where the opposition toppled long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi under the cover of NATO air strikes, saying "Libya was a completely different situation."


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John at 2012-02-09113.231.244.*
helen-And I can"t stop laughing at your psychotic pinko crap
Canada at 2012-02-0970.36.49.*
It"s been reported that Libya sent at least 400 armed fighters & arms, Qatar & other Arab countries also, fronting for the Americans so they can declare "deniability".
eet at 2012-02-08120.166.23.*
Nobody wants to believe the U.S, remember with the statement that "the options are on the table"
Tracker at 2012-02-08122.107.87.*
English is one of those wonderful languages where you can look someone in the eye and tell the truth whilst lying. "arming" and "supplying" are two different words and if you supply to a third party who just happens to arm the Syrian opposition of their own accord then you are neither arming or supplying the Syrian opposition and can say it with complete honesty.
helen at 2012-02-08203.82.82.*
I just can"t stop laughing at such unadulterated bunkum thrown at the peoples of the World. Do US leaders and their media really think that the peoples of the World are like the gullible and brain dead Americans!

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