Congress still hesitant over arming Syrian rebels


According to U.S. sources, Congress is still hesitant over supplying Syrian rebels with lethal aid, demanding a more fully developed proposal than one submitted last week from Secretary of State John Kerry, including options for what the United States will do next if the initial surge of arms fails to improve the rebels' standing in the civil war.

"Lawmakers last week rejected the Obama administration's initial proposal to arm Syrian rebels, refusing to fund the plan until the White House presents options for what action the United States might take at the U.N. or what actions might trigger the administration to set up an area where U.S. or allied forces prohibit Syrian planes from attacking rebel positions, known as a no-fly zone," the Associated Press reported.