Amid these reports of killings in Syria, the United States is getting another aid package together for the rebel forces. Roughly $130 million in non-lethal aid is said to be sent, but this time the aid could possible include battlefield equipment such as night goggles and body armor. The administration is using the fact that this conflict is affecting other countries as one of the reasons why more aid has agreed to be sent. Amongst concerns about extremist groups, some with ties to Al-Qaeda, being a part of the opposition, a meeting was held with Moaz al-Khatib, the leader of the Syrian Coalition, and Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish foreign minister to ensure the aid is properly funneled to appropriate rebel factions. Also, during this meeting, the Syrian Coalition agreed that a post-Assad government would be non-extremist and pluralistic, following the rule of law. The United States has voiced concern that if rebel forces were to succeed, that the country become a democracy with minority voices heard. Amidst these concerns, the U.S. will still send the $130 million in aid, which brings the amount of non-lethal aid from the United States to $250 million, soon. Much like the last aid package, it will be mostly food and medical supplies for fighting forces. Though this amount is high, it was less than the Syrian Coalition was hoping for. In addition, the embargo on arms sales to Syria by the European Union is coming up for renewal at the end of May.
With reports of escalated violence from the government on it's own people and increasing aid from the U.S. it is easy to wonder just how long this battle will continue. With no show of backing down from either side and with increasing help from foreign countries, it is hard to see an end in sight, or even a clear front-runner, in the conflict.
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