Syria

France Pushing Sending Weapons to Syria

It's easy to push for intervention when someone else will cover most of the costs

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France raised the prospect on Thursday of providing defensive weapons to Syria's rebels in a conflict now said to have cost more than 39,000 lives, but the United States remained cautious.

The diplomatic manoeuvring comes as Syria's army pressed an operation in areas around Damascus to rout rebels who have stubbornly clung to gains made in July, and as fighting raged on northern battlefields.