US aims to rally Syrian opposition with new aid

NEW YORK (AP) — The Obama administration moved Friday to rally Syria's opposition with pledges of $45 million in new non-lethal and humanitarian assistance as the administration and other world leaders lamented the failure of diplomatic efforts to push Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S.
would contribute an additional $15 million in non-lethal gear — mostly
communications equipment — to the civilian opposition trying to oust
Assad as well as $30 million in new humanitarian assistance to help
those affected by the continuing violence.

She also delivered a new, stark warning to Iran that it must stop arming and supporting the Assad regime.

"It is no secret that our attempts to move forward at the U.N. Security Council have been blocked repeatedly, but the ... >>>

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