US, Turkey agree to provide Syrian rebels with non-lethal aid

On Sunday, the US agreed to broaden its support of the Syrian opposition beyond humanitarian food aid when it joined with Turkey to provide “nonlethal” assistance, like communications equipment and medical supplies.

Meanwhile, the divided forces fighting to unseat President Bashar al-Assad agreed to meet in Turkey to discuss moving toward a “national pact.”

Violent clashes went on unabated as UN envoy traveled to Russia for continued talks, but most, including his Russian hosts, see the mission as the last chance to resolve the crisis. Russia expressed its support for Annan. However, there were not indications given as to whether it would agree to harsher penalties on the Assad regime, or whether Russia would cease assistance to the regime.

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