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Congress Agrees to Send Weapons to Syrian Rebels; Mike Rogers Comments

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Mike-RogersThe House of Representatives has approved President Barack Obama’s plan to provide weapons to Syrian rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Tabassum Zakaria and Susan Cornwell write supporters of the rebels expect the U.S. to deliver arms in August.

Louay Sakka, co-founder of the Syrian Support Group, told Reuters that the weapons will include small and large weapons such as rifles and anti-tank arms.

House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said some lawmakers still see problems with the administration’s plan, Zakaria and Cornwell report.

“We got a consensus that we could move forward with what the administration’s plans and intentions are in Syria consistent with committee reservations,” he said.

The White House said in June it would provide direct military assistance to Syrian rebels after two years of moves being stalled, Reuters reports.

An unnamed source told the news agency that Congress has been working to ease some concerns over the sending of aid to the Syrian opposition.

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