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Jul 26, 2013 5:30 PM by Tony Spehar

Few satisfied with US plans to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) - A newly approved U.S. aid package of weapons to Syrian rebels may be too little, too late to reverse battlefield gains by President Bashar Assad.

Few in Washington are happy about sending it. But the White House is pushing ahead with the arms, which one senator describes as mostly light weapons. That's far less than what rebels say they need.

President Barack Obama has warned Assad would face "enormous consequences" if he used chemical weapons in the two-year Syrian civil war.

U.S. intelligence officials concluded in June that Assad likely used chemical weapons at least four times.

That left Obama with little choice but to launch the weapons plan, especially after congressional intelligence committees gave reluctant approval this week.

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