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Syria Receives First Shipment Of Non-Lethal Aid From U.S.

“As the debate in the U.S. heats up over just how far to go in aiding Syria’s rebels, the first U.S.-supplied help arrived this week in the form of ready-to-eat meals and medical kits, trucked into Aleppo province from Turkey,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Middle East Real Time” blog reports. “The delivery is the first of a series pledged by the U.S. administration, which has decided to engage more deeply with Syrian rebels by offering the anti-government fighters non-lethal aid directly,” the blog notes, adding, “Last month, Secretary [of State John] Kerry said the U.S. would double its non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition. The U.S. pledged a new $123 million, bringing the total U.S. pledge of non-lethal aid to $250 million” (Malas, 5/2).