A Senate panel has voted to provide weapons to rebels battling the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The vote by the Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday marked the first time that lawmakers have backed the aggressive military step of arming vetted opposition forces.
Leading the bipartisan legislation were Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the panel's chairman, and Sen. Bob Corker, the committee's top Republican. The fate of the bill is uncertain as many members of the House are not so enthusiastic about US military action in the Mideast nation. (AP)