US Government Gives Millions to Syrian “Rebels”

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US Government Gives Millions to Syrian “Rebels”

January 23, 2015  (Source: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com)

Syria’s opposition interim government said Jan. 22 it had received $6 million from the United States in the first direct US financial support for the rebel body.

The money is for development and relief projects in “areas liberated by the moderate Syrian opposition,” it said in a statement, including food deliveries, public services and supporting local rebel councils.

Interim government chief Ahmed Tohme said the money would be divided into two parts, with $4.4 million devoted to reconstruction and the purchase of heavy equipment include generators, water pumps and tankers.

The remaining $1.6 million will be used to strengthen local government in rebel-controlled areas and for emergency aid response, including food baskets and assistance to bakeries.

He said the funds would not be spent on operating and running costs, which the government would cover separately from other sources.

The interim government said it has signed deals with the US Agency for International Development on the dispersal of the funds.

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