U.S. Suspends Delivery of Nonlethal Aid to Syrian Rebels

Peace and Freedom

Free Syrian Army fighters preparing mortars to fire at forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad  .Molhem Barakat/Reuters

By  MICHAEL R. GORDON, MARK LANDLER and ANNE BARNARD

The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Just a month before a peace conference that will seek an end to the grinding civil war in Syria, the Obama administration’s decision to suspend the delivery of nonlethal aid to the moderate opposition demonstrated again the frustrations of trying to cultivate a viable alternative to President Bashar al-Assad.

The administration acted after warehouses of American-supplied equipment were seized Friday by the Islamic Front, a coalition of Islamist fighters who have broken with the moderate, American-backed opposition, but who also battle Al Qaeda.

Administration officials said that the suspension, confirmed on Wednesday, was temporary and that the nonlethal aid, which is supplied by the State Department, could flow again.

But with rebels feuding with one another instead…

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