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Pentagon supported plan to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told Congress on Thursday that the Pentagon had supported a plan to arm Syrian rebels that was developed last year by David H. Petraeus, the CIA director at the time, and backed by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was then serving as secretary of state.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Panetta and General Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were asked by Senator John McCain whether they had supported the recommendation that weapons be provided to the Syrian resistance.

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