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US halts aid to Syria’s opposition

People walked on debris of damaged buildings at a site hit by what activists say was shelling by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in  Damascus on Wednesday.

Bassam Khabieh/REUTERS

People walked on debris of damaged buildings at a site hit by what activists say was shelling by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is confirming that the US is suspending nonlethal aid to rebels in northern Syria amid reports that Islamic Front fighters have seized assets from mainstream, Western-backed rebels.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the US is concerned about reports that Islamic Front seized bases and warehouses belonging to the Free Syrian Army. He says the US is trying to inventory the status of US equipment and supplies that have been provided to the Free Syrian Army.

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Earnest says all further deliveries of nonlethal assistance have been suspended. But he says humanitarian assistance will continue to flow.

Earnest says identifying and helping the moderate elements of Syria’s opposition continues to be challenging for the US.

Britain has also suspended delivery of nonlethal aid to Syria’s opposition.

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