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US increased funding to Syria militants after Geneva II

Iran Press TV

Thu Feb 6, 2014 1:19PM GMT

Insurgents fighting against the Syrian government say that the US government has increased direct funding to them after the Geneva II talks ended last week.

According to Syria's foreign-backed opposition, US officials were handing hundreds of thousands of dollars to insurgent commanders in Jordan as the Syrian opposition and government officials were negotiating in Geneva last week.

The Geneva II talks, which were aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, ended with no deals but further talks were scheduled to begin in Geneva in February.

According to the foreign-backed opposition, Washington has increased its funding to the insurgents because it wants to ramp up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before the next round of talks in Geneva.

"From now until the next round of talks in Geneva, Assad will be under real pressure — he will feel more pressure from opposition forces," an insurgent commander cited a US official as saying, according to The National.

This comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry admitted in an interview with CNN television on Wednesday that the Syrian government is making gains on the ground in its fight against the foreign-backed insurgents.

Last week, Reuters also reported that US Congress has secretly approved the provision of US arms to insurgents fighting against the Syrian government.

According to Reuters' report, which was based on information provided by US and European security officials, US lawmakers voted behind closed doors in order to fund the arms deliveries through the end of the 2014 fiscal year, which ends on September 30.

Meanwhile, US spy chiefs have expressed concerns over the threat the American militants in Syria pose to the US after they return to their country, saying over 7,000 foreign militants are fighting against the Syrian government.

On Tuesday, CIA Director John Brennan warned before the House Intelligence Committee that a number of Americans who have joined al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria may try to stage terrorist attacks inside the US.


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