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US halts aid to Syria rebels

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

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

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