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A Kurdish flag in the streets of Syrian city, as a nation struggles

A boy runs as he holds a Kurdish flag in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, on Wednesday. The U.N. says more than 70,000 people have been killed since Syria's civil war started in March 2011.
A boy runs as he holds a Kurdish flag in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, on Wednesday. The U.N. says more than 70,000 people have been killed since Syria's civil war started in March 2011.Manu Brabo / AP

The United States is looking for more tangible ways to support Syria's rebels and bolster a fledgling political movement that is struggling to deliver basic services after nearly two years of civil war, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday.

Officials in the United States and Europe have said the Obama administration is nearing a decision on whether to provide non-lethal assistance to carefully vetted fighters opposed to Syrian President Basher Assad, and Kerry's comments indicated that the Americans are working to make sure that its aid doesn't fall into the wrong hands. Continue reading.

--The Associated Press

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