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US wants to boost support for Syrian rebels, Kerry says

Goal is to offset funding from extremist groups.

PARIS — The United States and several other nations want to increase support for Syrian rebels, partly to help political moderates counter the increasingly well-organized network of humanitarian and political services being offered by extremists, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Wednesday.

The United States is one of about a dozen nations preparing a package of broader financial and practical support for the rebels fighting to oust Syria’s president, Bashar Assad. Kerry and other diplomats will frame the new help during meetings with Syrian political opposition leaders Thursday in Rome. The additional aid is expected to stop short of the weapons the rebels have long sought from Western backers.

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