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Clinton pledges more aid to Syrian rebels

2012-09-28 22:17

New York - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pledging millions more dollars in assistance to the Syrian opposition as the US and its allies explore new ways to help those seeking to oust President Bashar Assad.

Clinton announced Friday that the Obama administration would provide the political opposition with an additional $15m on non-lethal aid as well as $30m in humanitarian support.

The US has provided more than $130m in humanitarian aid and almost $45m in non-lethal aid to the rebels.

She made the pledges at a gathering of the Friends of Syria group on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Clinton and other foreign ministers from the group met with nine Syrian opposition figures, including several who traveled from Syria to attend Friday's session.

Comments
  • Madhi - 2012-09-28 22:36

    No peace insight as long as super powers put their interests ahead of the interests of ordinary Syrians. I guess humanity has gone backwards to the law of the jungle, where might is right.

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-09-29 00:09

      Good news, the UN Security council has a Syrian resolution with uninanimous voice. Let's do nothing, once again. Well done Hillary, u are such a successful diplomat.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-29 13:19

      Democracy and Islam are irreconcileable.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 23:02

    Hillarious has never seen a world problem that couldn't be solved by war. She always has to be the biggest warmonger in the room, otherwise she is not happy. Just look at those eyes, pure evil. Peace can only come to Syria when these "Friends of Syria" stops arming the rebellion, and order their poodles to lay down their arms and start talking with the Syrian government.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-28 23:32

      Clear, cold and incisive logic - most illuminating.

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-29 06:24

      husaberg, the second stroke must have affected the 'right side' of your brain leaving you and the other two brain dead 'rascals of the right' with rather limited foresight. Therefore you lot are of the opinion that war will fix things! Hoe slim maak dit jou as jy nie kan sien dat die moderne kolonialiste nie die syriaanse mense se beste belange in hulle hart dra nie? Sodra hulle die uitlanders verweidig van syria dan hou die moorde en geveg op! Dit is so simple!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-29 07:03

      Pure conjecture on Mgoqi's part. She just never gets it right. She interpretes the facts wrongly hence arrives at wrong conclusions.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-29 16:22

      In Fidel's world Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. His exact words in the US/Mandela thread a few weeks ago. The neo-Communist Russian regime led by an ex-KGB officer which itself is undemocratic is going to bring democracy to the Middle East. His words too. The US, which is doing nothing to help Syrians and their families protect themselves from, being murdered in their homes by the self-styled bloody surgeon of Syria, is arming the Free Syria Army. And possibly best of all, the world must force the Free Syria Army to lay down its arms and come to the negotiation table when the unelected dictator of Syria has killed, detained, tortured and raped tens of thousands of their countrymen, women and children who were demonstrating peacefully for the right to vote. An upside down, distorted world Fidel sees for sure.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-30 12:14

      Johnson, Well, I rather look into the face of Hillary, than at those psychopaths of Iran !!!

  • Raymon - 2012-09-28 23:05

    The 'aid' they give to the rebels today will be used against them tomorrow.

      jans.opresser - 2012-09-28 23:22

      just like libya and stevens! killed by the same terrorist that he lied for!got what he deserved!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-30 09:00

      """I stand before you today, before the entire world, to apologise for all the harm, all the crimes committed by that despot ( gaddafi ) against so many innocents, to apologise for the extortion and terrorism he meted out on so many states," Megarif said.""" Mohammed el-Megarif Democratically elected leader of Libya's ruling National Congress ( Few days ago, at the UN General Assembly ) He also said; """That the people of Libya are moderates and the country will never become home to extremists groups""" THIS IS THE VOICE OF LIBYA and NOT that violent claptrap the radicals want to shove down our throats !!!!!

  • jans.opresser - 2012-09-28 23:21

    this idiot hillary just doesnt get it!even after the death of stevens,she keeps on instituting death in arab countries thinking that it will work out in america's favour? me thinks that her plan is to let as many muslims kill themselves in the name of western democracy? thats got to be it because the syrian rebels are no different than their libyan allies who are al-qaeda. and the russians and the chinese both warned obama and "killary klinton" that they will never allow assad to fall or recognize any other govt but his. its time that foreign nations stop america militarily so that they can stop starting wars against countries that they fall out of favour with.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-29 13:21

      Fact: the US did not start the war in Syria.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-29 16:23

      Jans lives in a similarly distorted world as Fidel.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-28 23:41

    I wud tink thats why Russia and China are opposing the US accusations against Assad.Maybe they see Clinton as the instigater.

  • mark.p.oberholzer - 2012-09-29 00:10

    well at least they have free elections in the USA. look at how exciting the race is this year. would be nice if that was the case all around......

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-29 00:42

      @mark.i appreciate what u saying,but the bad precedent set by NATO in liberating Libya and overseeing the cold blooded murder of Gadaffi violated the rules of international law against the leader of a sovereign country.Contrasting the morals and values that the West say they went there to instill,which was offensive to many of Gadaffis freinds.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-29 13:23

      horseman that is an infantile comment. How old are you?

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-29 14:57

      gerhard.kress, i think that you are the one that must grow up! Not once did i see a usefull comment from you! Do you even understand whats being discussed here? Or is it that your command of english is limited to one liners?

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 02:38

    To use aunti Fidels words; 'the loonies of the left , are out tonight !!

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-29 02:50

    On what mandate are certain countries trying to play judge ,jury and executioner on sovereign countries in the Middle East?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 07:32

      If a 'leader' of a nation unleashes a reign of terror , on his 'own' people, it is not only the right of other nations to interfere, but their duty!! Don't let the violent loony left confuse this issue!! Thios assad dog, has fired rockets from tanks into apartment blocks! Has dropped bombs, from aircrafts, onto civilians, waiting in a que to buy bread! Has his terrorists, fire live ammunition from gunship helicopters, onto women and children. You don't believe these stories; than ask; The UN GA The UN SC Ban-ki-moon Kofi Annan UN Gen Mood Amnesty International The Red Cross Reporters on the ground Eyewitnesses on the ground , Etc, Etc, Etc.... This assad MONSTER must be stopped, BY WHOMEVER !!!!

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-29 07:51

      @anthonyfromafrica.We are concerned about loss of civilian lives. Imagine if the Hillaries had to go around giving protesters of their Goverments her so called 'aid' everywhere ,obviously absurd behaviour like hers wud create chaos.How can she preach war and peace at the same time.Hillary and co. only cal it peace when the outcome suits their agenda.And if NATO gets involved,the civilian loss wil b incomprehensible.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 08:04

      Fort.Horseman.7 Most people are concerned with the loss of cicilian life,but must exclude the violent radicals ( just read their comments after the terror attack in Benghazi ). I am not a great fan of US foreign policy, but I cannot fault them here. They are not military involved, and have not even supplied the opposition with any weapons. they have condemned this assad monste, and taken the side of the oppressed. Nothing wrong with that. And re Libya; I firmly believe, that Nato's involvement in this civil war SAVED the lives of tens of thousands of Libyans, who would otherwise had been slaughtered by that gaddafi psychopath. The Libyans will forever be gratefull to the West, for helping them get rid of 30 years of tyranny !!!!

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-29 08:21

      @anthonyfromafrica.Obama stated a few months ago that they are sending weapons aid to Syria.How can Assad negotiate when foreign powers are instigating the rebel onslaught.. The uncivilised killing of Gadaffi was not justified.Why did they not capture him and give him a fair trial in the Hague?

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-29 09:34

      horseman you are an inveterate dreamer.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 10:10

      Forte, It is just not true what you say, that Obama said the USA would send weapons to Syria. It is some pathethic BS story , fantasised by the violent loony left !! Most people in the world, and certainly most Libyans, have put that crazed gaddafi terrorist, behind them , and today is merely a horror dream from the past. Why they killed him and not send him for trial ?? Ask the Libyans!!! There is more concern about this mass murderer, here on this comment site, than in the whole of Libya!!!! And it only these silly radicals, who blow out of proportion the USA role in the departure of that fruitcake!! Before the civil war in Libya, during the conflict, and even today, the Americans have stated time and time again, that Libya has no strategic interest for them. Sad for the loony left, but true !!!!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-29 13:25

      horseman you are trying to cure the symptoms not the evil root cause.

  • Johannes Bothma - 2012-09-29 06:28

    Backing the wrong horse as allways, which will bite them in the bud! Are liberals just born stupid. America are 14 trillion in debt, and they dish out $

  • scholesss - 2012-09-29 06:56

    good usa. rebels are fighting for democracy. i want to see end of dictators. dictatorship era is under siege. one part states they make me angry.\r\n\r\n people need to live freely no suppression.

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-29 14:35

      then give them the GPS location of the Vatican too!

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-09-29 21:26

      Sounds more like clueless

  • philhaj - 2012-09-29 07:27

    Dont stop other nations from doing the same with Assad you double faced devils,instead of forcing negotiations..you dont care about civilians,you just want a new regime at any cost.Remember this war will spill over to Lebanon,Iraq,Iran and thats more women and children suffering.America!please force negotiations.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 07:45

      For FIFTY YEARS the Syrian oppostion 'asked' these assad terrorists to negotiate, and have elections. But these assad COWARDS refused, as than it would show, that ALL this masive support they claim to have , is some BS imagination in their disturbed minds. Since these assad dogs came to power more than SIXTY THOUSAND Syrians have lost their lives, or to be more precise; have been MURDERED, so that these unelected terrorists can remain in power !!! Besides these 60 000, tens of thousands have been arrested, jailed, beaten up, tortured and raped. Their 'crime' ?? They wanted a change of government. The Syrians have made it crystal clear; NO to any negotiations.!! Their ONLY demand; an end to 50 years of 'assad iron fist rule' !!!

      philhaj - 2012-09-29 08:03

      just remember Assad is nt going nowhere anytime soon because there are many factors involved so prepare yourselves to see more of those women and children suffering.Syria is nt Libya.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-29 07:31

    If Hillary calls weapons 'aid' she needs to look up the meaning of the word 'aid' in the dictionary!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 07:36

      There are NO American weapons in Syria !! That is a BS story, from the violent loony left, to confuse this issue, and to be able to spew out some of their silly and childish anti Western BS abd CRAP That's all !!!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-29 09:44

      Anthony, you are pig ignorant and gullible. Did you see any American weapons in Afghanistan, when the US was assisting the Mujahideen in their fight against the Soviets. Weapons are easily bought on the black market and the CIA has a lot of contacts for their black ops. It's called plausible deniability!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-29 10:51

      Of course Russia is supplying weapons to a sovereign state in fulfillment of its contractual obligations. The Syrian government is responsible for those weapons and what happens to them. Unlike you I am willing to concede this fact and supply an argument instead of making jorkey references about people being radicals or anti west, and whatever other BS you use you describe those you cannot argue with.

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-29 14:31

      ohhh! Eh eh! Fidel now you pressed his 'flip over backward' buttons! Lol!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 15:58

      Rude, Not once did i see a usefull comment from you! Do you even understand whats being discussed here? Or is it that your command of english is limited to one liners?

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-29 16:04

      Ant, yoi havnt changed one bit! You still repeat peoples comments, nothing original of your own to add! Btw that is a blanket response meant for you!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 16:19

      Rude, Are you still stabbing your American hosts in the back, or are you finished 'using' them now !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 16:21

      And, please don't forget to give yourself a 'thumbs up ' !!!!!!!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-29 16:24

      Fidel is well informed when he believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom?

  • Savethe White O - 2012-09-29 07:33

    Leave them let them wipe each other out.

  • Kyle Bath - 2012-09-29 08:38

    United States should really listen to Ron Pauls advice regarding the foreign aid....

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-09-29 08:40

    They have the money, so let them help if it is for peace.

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-09-29 09:31

    Who do you think supplies all the tents, potable water and food in those refugee camps?

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-29 09:53

      @Shaun Daly.Maybe if America stopped arming the rebels,and facilitated a peaceful negotiation,there wudnt b need for refugee camps.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 10:25

      They most certainly don't come from those Russian bastards, they ONLY SELL the stuff with that these assad terrorists ,can slaughter the Syrian population. And these slimy Chinese would sell the tents, import them tyhemselves into Syria, transport it themselves to destination, and have Chinese put up the tents!!!! and than all these Chinese involved 'forget' to go back to China !!!

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-09-29 09:42

    As an American I'd love to see a foreign policy of complete non intervention, but on the other hand, rather than pussyfoot around with half-assed military commitments and aide, finish the job(s) properly and get out, f the hypocritical whiners at the UN

      Savethe White O - 2012-09-29 11:40

      Maybe if the syrian DICTATOR listened to his country men then there was no cause for war, America would then have no reason to give aid to them

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 12:43

      Savethe, Sure, but the problem is, that NO dictator ever listens to 'his' population. THAT is the essence of being a dictator, He knows ALL and WHAT is best for 'his' people, and no to have ANY accountability !!!!! Ohhhhh, and of course.....ALL dictators 'believe' 'their people LOVE them !!!

      Shane Loxton - 2012-09-29 13:02

      Toos your ranting and ravings have proven u wrong so many times on this site. First because WEAPONS that are used are not US manufactured does not mean they were not supplies or paid for by the US, In Iraq and Afghanistan we used Russian weapons only, paid for and supplied by US, u need to clear your mind and not respond in anger it makes u less of a fool.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 16:13

      Shame, our man on the spot !!! You sound like that other LOSER,Patrick,!! When did you PROOF what I said was wrong, or is this just like most of your comments ; hollow !!! Is it not strange, that ONLY on these comment sites, one hears about American weapons, foreign terrorists etc, etc, but the ones in the know; The UN GA The UN SC Ban Ki-moon Kofi Annan Gen Mood Amnesty International The Red Cross Reporters on the ground Eye witnesses on the ground Etc, Etc, Etc NEVER mentioned this !!!!!!!!!! Maybe they 'forgot' !!!!! But than maybe, this is all a fabrication from the violent loony left !!!!!

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-29 13:50

    Increasingly toothless America has figured out a way of eliminating enemies since Afgan and iraq trespassing mission left it at the mercy of Chinese financially...by distabilizing Syria, US will be one step closer to controlling middle-east by leaving Iran and Russia without allies in middle-east.

  • shane.loxton - 2012-09-29 14:29

    Rummy caught flatfooted by CNN in 2002: *Gasp* He acts as if he forgot his meeting with Saddam 20 years before while the US was funding Iraq and arming them with 'weapons of mass destruction' as Cheney cashed in his Halliburton stock ;)~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXWdBi6fw_k

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-29 16:26

      Shane too. Part of the looney fringe that makes up what is going on then vociferously defends his faulty version of reality.

      Shane Loxton - 2012-09-29 19:13

      shame Toos the UN with the majority of hisbola in prime positions and the rest financed supported and supplied by US dollars your really think your list counts for anything more than BS as for Fred and his ludicrous statements of 911 etc which he can not back up against me you both are wankers in the wind

  • rude.awakning - 2012-09-29 15:10

    $45mil added to the bounty for azzad's head, dead or alive! All other efforts failed! At first US denied it was funding the revolt in syria, as time went by and facts surfaced, they started to admit in part that they have people on the ground. The tried everything ....brought in mercenaries, offered locals high post in a new gov. But NADA! Now lets try the bounty! Who are the real terrorist attacking a sovereign state, in breach of international law? Who are to gain from instability in the middle east?

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-29 15:19

      to whom it surely will concern! No copying and pasting allowed! If you dont have anything usefull to comment, then park on the side!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 16:15

      Rude, ""$45mil added to the bounty for azzad's head, dead or alive! All other efforts failed! At first US denied it was funding the revolt in syria, as time went by and facts surfaced, they started to admit in part that they have people on the ground. The tried everything ....brought in mercenaries, offered locals high post in a new gov. But NADA! Now lets try the bounty! Who are the real terrorist attacking a sovereign state, in breach of international law? Who are to gain from instability in the middle east?"" It is a lovely story, but TOTAL BS !!!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-29 16:25

      Rude Awakening talking more nonsense and falling further and further into a deep sleep.

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-29 16:33

      fred and anthony, you obviously did not read properly! the second comment was clearly meant for you two meatballs! Thula wenna!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 17:49

      Rude, Asikho kwakho !!

  • rude.awakning - 2012-09-29 16:25

    'The Friends of Syria' they call themselves and they fund the rebels in syria, they send snippers and mecenaries into syria to stir unrest, they try to make the country ungovernable, their actions lead directly to the deaths of many syrians, they arm known terror groups in syria to overthrow an UN recognised government, They do all this in the name of 'Friends of Syria'! jUST IMAGINE IF THEY WERE THE ENEMIES OF SYRIA' WHAT THEY WOULD GET UP TO!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-29 16:39

      And why are there so many high powered people defecting? Like General Tlass for instance or the PM. At a guess I would say they know more than me or you.

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-29 16:40

      gerhard, everybody knows more than you do!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-29 16:54

      rude you are just a snotnose.

      rude.awakning - 2012-09-29 17:08

      at gerhard, now go wipe yours! And while you at it get a nappy change too!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-29 19:59

      Rude, your comment is just plain silly, and like most comments from the violent loony left, fabricated BS !!!! Actually; """It's called plausible deniability! """ ( clever Fidel )

      rude.awakning - 2012-10-01 07:45

      anthony, you ding bat! Lucky you are not a politician, my word , you would make malema look like boy scout!

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