Syria crisis: Barack Obama to provide chemical weapon aid to rebels
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 18:57
  
Zee Media Bureau

Washington: Nearly a month after the chemical weapon attack in Syria, US President Barack Obama will now reportedly provide assistance to Syrian rebels to protect them from any such future attack that might take place in the war-torn country.

The non-lethal assistance will include “personal protective” equipment which will be given to international organizations in Syria and strengthening of medical assistance in case of chemical attack, as per a news agency report.

It would also include defensive chemical weapons training and protective equipment that would be given to Syrian rebels.

A senior Obama administration official said the assistance and training would not give the Syrian opposition the ability to prepare, deploy or move the chemical weapons stockpiles. The US says it believes Syrian President Bashar Assad's government retains control of the deadly gases, the report said.

The US had already begun making plans to send the chemical weapons-related assistance to Syria before the Aug. 21 attack, said the official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the aid by name and insisted on anonymity.

A United Nations report released on Monday found evidence that sarin gas was used on a "relatively large scale" during last month's attack. The UN report did not address who carried out the attack, though the US and dozens of other countries have pinned the blame on Assad's regime.

(With Agency Inputs)


First Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 11:06


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