(AP/Evan Vucci)

Obama mum on US arms to Syrian rebels

The president praised the G-8 plan to seek a negotiated peace, but offered no clues as to his course of action


Associated Press
June 19, 2013 4:20PM (UTC)

BERLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama is refusing to describe the type of military support the U.S. will give to Syrian rebels even as he praises a decision by world leaders at a just-completed summit to seek a negotiated peace.

Obama says even though leaders could not agree on whether Syrian President Bashar Assad must go, he has decided it is not possible for Assad to regain legitimacy.

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Obama spoke at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl).

Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of the Group of Eight industrial economies meeting in Northern Ireland this week tried to narrow sharp differences between Russia, a key Assad backer, and Western leaders.


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