A rebel fighter from Harakat Hazm (Hazm movement) walks with his weapon in Aleppo's Sheikh Said district June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Hamid Khatib
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Dana Shell Smith, President Barack Obama's nominee to be ambassador to Qatar, said Wednesday that the administration supported language in a Senate defense bill that would allow overt military training for the moderate Syrian opposition.The comment came after Susan Rice, Obama's top foreign policy adviser, said last Friday that Washington was providing "lethal and nonlethal" support to select members of the opposition, offering more detail than usual on U.S. assistance.Top Obama administration officials typically decline to say exactly what equipment, arms or ammunition the United States is providing to moderate Syrian opposition forces.
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