Monday, April 2, 2012

Arab Nations Pledge $100 million to pay opposition fighters in Syria.....Does anyone not see a Problem with this?



(CNN) -- Dozens of international leaders have bolstered support for a Syrian opposition group that is vowing to pay rebel fighters.

The international Friends of the Syrian People group formally recognized the Syrian National Council as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people at a conference in Istanbul on Sunday.

That effectively makes the SNC, which includes many Syrian exiles, the main opposition group with which other nations plan to work.

The 83-member Friends group -- which includes representatives from Turkey, the Arab League, United States, France and the United Kingdom -- declared its "support for legitimate measures taken by the Syrian population to protect themselves" -- but stopped short of agreeing to send weapons to the poorly armed rebels.

The Syrian National Council committed Sunday to paying salaries to rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army, which consists largely of defectors from Syria's military and is now the chief force challenging President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Read More

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ISTANBUL — The United States and dozens of other countries moved closer on Sunday to direct intervention in the fighting in Syria, with Arab nations pledging $100 million to pay opposition fighters and the Obama administration agreeing to send communications equipment to help rebels organize and evade Syria’s military, according to participants gathered here. Read More