US to pursue `non-lethal` aid for Syrian rebels

The US has been loath to arm the Syrian opposition or get involved militarily to halt the bloodshed in Syria.

Seoul: A White House official says the US, Turkey and other allies are looking into how to provide Syrian rebels with communications help and other "non-lethal" aid.

President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the aid options in a lengthy private meeting Sunday in South Korea.

Ben Rhodes, a top White House national security official, says the US will raise the issue during an April 1 meeting of the diplomatic "Friends of Syria" group. Turkey is hosting the meeting and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is representing the US.

The US has been loath to arm the Syrian opposition or get involved militarily to halt the bloodshed in Syria, where the UN estimates 8,000 people have been killed.

Bureau Report

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