U.S. provides new $100 mln aid to Syrian opposition

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A street in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo. File photo

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DAMASCUS – The U.S. Department of State announced Saturday that it is providing $100 million as an aid to the Syrian opposition.

The declared aid is reportedly allocated for supporting opposition-linked local councils and civil society organizations in Syria.

The United States has earlier provided nearly $400 million aid to the Syrian opposition over the past four years, according to the Department of State. 

“U.S. assistance is helping keep schools open for Syrian children; restoring access to electricity and water infrastructure; supporting independent media and civil society to hold their local governments accountable, and building the capacity of the moderate opposition to play a role in a future Syria that respects human rights and the rule of law,” the department said in a statement.

The new aid was announced by Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a regional security forum in Bahrain. 

This comes one day after the U.S. revealed plans to send special ground forces to Syria to participate in the fighting against the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS). According to U.S. senior officials, President Barack Obama has authorised sending some 50 U.S. Special Forces to northern Syria to cooperate with local Kurdish and Arab armed groups against ISIS extremists.

Reporting by: Lorin Silo

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