US rethinking opposition to arming Syrian rebels

Updated: 2013-05-03 10:20


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WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday said the administration is rethinking its previous opposition to arming Syrian opposition.

Hagel made the announcement during a press conference with visiting British counterpart Philip Hammond. In response to a direct question whether the administration is "rethinking its opposition to arming the rebels," Hagel answered "Yes."

"You look at and rethink all options," Hagel said. "It doesn't mean you do or you will. These are options that must be considered with partners, with the international community, what is possible, what can help accomplish these objectives."

However, Hagel said the administration hasn't come to a conclusion yet on the topic.