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KERRY VIDEO: ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Location/Date: Rome / February 28, 2013

SYRIA VIOLENCE FILE:

COURTESY SHAM NEWS NETWORK - AP CLIENTS ONLY

++SHAM NEWS NETWORK IS A LOOSELY ORGANIZED ANTI-ASSAD GROUP BASED IN AND OUT OF SYRIA WHICH POSTS VIDEO AND STILL IMAGES OF ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS ON THE INTERNET. THEY CLAIM THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY CONNECTION TO SYRIAN OPPOSITION PARTIES OR ANY OTHER STATES++

Location/Date:

Aleppo, Syria / February 26, 2013

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

60-MILLION-DOLLARS.

THAT'S HOW MUCH U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL PROVIDE THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION WITH, IN ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE, AS KERRY ATTENDS AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SYRIA IN ROME.

KERRY ANNOUNCED THE NEW SUPPORT THURSDAY -- ALONG WITH A POLICY SHIFT THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME PROVIDES NON-LETHAL AID LIKE FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO REBELS FIGHTING TO OUST PRESIDENT BASHAR ASSAD.

EUROPEAN NATIONS ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO SIGNAL THEIR INTENTION TO PROVIDE FRESH ASSISTANCE TO THE OPPOSITION.

KERRY SAYS THE U.S. DECISION IS DESIGNED TO INCREASE THE PRESSURE ON ASSAD TO STEP DOWN AND PAVE THE WAY FOR A DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION.

HE SAYS THE AID IS ALSO INTENDED TO HELP THE OPPOSITION GOVERN NEWLY LIBERATED AREAS OF SYRIA AND BLUNT THE INFLUENCE OF EXTREMISTS.

TENS OF THOUSANDS HAVE DIED IN SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR.

MATT SMALL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.

 

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