Published on March 5, 2013 at 3:55 AM
"The State Department is making a distinction between the direct aid to the Syrian opposition and some $385 million in humanitarian aid which is delivered through the United Nations and aid groups throughout the country," "Security Clearance" notes. But some say aid given directly to the opposition "blurs the lines and warns Syrian forces, which have targeted bread lines and clearly marked humanitarian envoys. They could start targeting all aid workers in an effort to stop supplies going to the rebels," according to the blog. The article includes comments from an unnamed senior aid official who works in Syria for a faith-based organization; State Department deputy spokesperson Patrick Ventrell; Andrew Natsios, a former USAID administrator currently at the Bush School of Government and Foreign Policy at Texas A&M University; Elliot Abrams of the Council on Foreign Relations; and Michel Gabaudan, president of Refugees International (Brennan/Labott, 3/3).
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