US suspends non-lethal aid to northern SyriaDecember 11, 2013 @ 6:12 am
ISTANBUL (AP) - A U.S. Embassy official in the Turkish capital says the United States is suspending all non-lethal assistance destined for the opposition in northern Syria because of rebel infighting.
The decision comes days after fighters from the Islamic Front, an umbrella group of six major rebel groups, seized bases and warehouses belonging to the mainstream Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebel group at the Bab al-Hawa crossing between Syria and Turkey.
The official said humanitarian assistance would not be affected. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.
It was not clear why the Islamic Front seized the bases. The new alliance is independent from the FSA and seeks to establish an Islamic state in Syria.
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