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Syria lashes out at US move to arm rebels

By Albert Aji

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria lashed out Thursday at the U.S. decision to send arms to rebels fighting President Bashar Assad’s troops, saying Washington is unsuitable to act as a broker at any peace negotiations in Geneva.

“The American intensions seek to continue the cycle of violence and terrorism in Syria in order to destabilize security and stability in the region,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Obama administration opposed providing any lethal assistance to Syria’s rebels until last month, but is now moving ahead with sending weapons to vetted rebels after securing the approval of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

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