Kerry Says 'a Lot of Countries' Training Syria Rebels

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that "a lot of countries" are training Syrian rebels as part of stepped up efforts to topple President Bashar Assad's regime.

"It's one part of it. But other nations are doing other things. There are a lot of nations working at this. And so I think President Assad needs to read the tea leaves correctly," Kerry told Fox News during a visit to Qatar.

Kerry did not say which countries were involved in the effort or whether the United States was training rebels.

"There are a lot of countries doing training," Kerry said.

"What is important is that President Assad needs to understand the re-focus of commitment in order to get him to change his current calculation, and in order to hopefully get his allies to advise him: 'You need to go to the table and negotiate a peaceful resolution.'"

The United States says it has so far refused to arm the rebels, but on Tuesday Kerry expressed confidence that weapons supplied by Gulf countries were reaching the "right people."

Washington said last month it would provide direct aid to the rebel fighters in the form of food and medical assistance, as well as $60 million in funding for the political opposition, but not the weapons they have asked for.

Kerry is due to wrap up his maiden regional tour on Wednesday after visiting Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey.

Comments 3
Thumb mckinl 06 March 2013, 18:05

Indeed there were also a lot of countries in Iraq, the coalition of the willing. Countries given money and weapons with a lot of arm twisting.

The more Kerry opens his mouth the worse it gets ... and He's only been the U.S. Secretary of State for less than a month ...

Missing abraham 06 March 2013, 20:55

You just found out about it Today Mr. Kerry

Default-user-icon Sae Kubo in Tokyo (Guest) 07 March 2013, 04:27

Brigadier General Selim Idriss would like to recieve an advice for spetial operation by CIA, now closely possible to talk directly with John Kerry to attack next bases after such bombing of the Presidential Palace with many victims of people in Syria. Could john Kerry be proud of your country's training operation in other countries as you have worked, but I don't know much ? Now the PM Maliki of Maliki expresses his concerns different position from the Secretary, I think. Please stop arming insurgency, I remember the person in hostile of rebels always broke the truce recommendations in the past. Were they suggested by CIA ?