For the first time Leon Panetta has admitted that he supports arming Syrian rebels. Officially the United States has so far only offered diplomatic support to the rebels.
A plan was proposed by the then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Director of the CIA at the time David Petraeus but it was rejected by the White House. The plan was put to the White House in summer 2012 after private consultations between Clinton and Petraeus.
The idea was to chose certain individuals from the rebel groups who would then train fighters who would then be supplied with weapons. With the President making his re-election bid it was considered too risky and the plan was shelved.
Panetta voiced his support while giving his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.
More than 60,000 people are estimated to have died in Syria over the last 22 months and ten times that number have fled their homeland taking refuge in neighboring countries.
For those staying in Syria life is difficult. Infrastructure has been destroyed in much of the country and basic food, water and medical supplies are in short supply.
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