US doubles non-lethal aid to Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that the United States would double its non-lethal aid to opposition forces in Syria to $250m (£164m). Kerry stopped short of a US pledge to supply weapons to insurgents fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But he said that the rebels’ foreign backers were committed to continuing support and had decided to channel all future aid through the insurgents’ Supreme Military Council. He added “there would have to be further announcements about the kind of support that might be in the days ahead” if Syrian government forces failed to pursue a peaceful solution. The US is providing an additional $123m.