Exclusive: Congress delaying U.S. aid to Syrian rebels - sources

July 9, 2013 8:53 AM

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Exclusive: Congress delaying U.S. aid to Syrian rebels - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional committees are holding up a plan to send U.S. weapons to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because of fears that such deliveries will not be decisive and the arms might end up in the hands of Islamist militants, five U.S. national security sources said.

Both the Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees have expressed reservations behind closed doors at the effort by President Barack Obama's administration to support the insurgents by sending them military hardware.

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