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Corker: I Think We Will Arm the Syrian Rebels Soon

'We're doing a lot more there on the ground than really is known'

• May 7, 2013 8:50 am

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Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) said he believes the United States will formerly arm the Syrian opposition in the near future Tuesday on CBS' "This Morning."

Corker indicated the move to arm the Syrian rebels is largely symbolic because the United States is already "doing a lot more there on the ground than really is known":

NORAH ODONNELL: Senator, I want to ask but Secretary of State Kerry who arrives in Moscow this morning. You're on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Do you think that this administration needs to move further in terms of arming the opposition? What's next?

BOB CORKER: I do think we'll be arming the opposition shortly. We're doing a lot more there on the ground than really is known but we do have to change the equation. I think you all know the moderate opposition groups that we support are not as good as fighting and not as good as delivering humanitarian aid and we need to change the balance and they need to be reaching out to the Alawite population that supports Assad. I think if we can cause that to happen, Russia will be far more open to some kind of political [resolution] where Assad is removed. We have to change the balance there. I think we'll be arming the rebels soon.

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