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US: $60 million in new aid to Syria opposition

The Obama administration said Thursday that it will provide the Syrian opposition with an additional $60 million in assistance and - in a significant policy shift - will for the first time provide nonlethal aid like food and medical supplies to rebels battling to oust President Bashar Assad.

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced the new support and the decision to back the rebel fighters on the sidelines of an international conference on Syria in Rome, where European nations were also expected. (AP)