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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama has approved non-lethal U.S. aid, including communications equipment and medicines for Syria’s rebels, and plans to increase the package over time, a U.S. official said Friday.

The administration had previously indicated it would take such a step, in line with an initiative by the international “Friends of Syria” group to bolster opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

“Consistent with our longstanding efforts to support the peaceful opposition in Syria, the U.S. is providing non-lethal material assistance to the non-violent, political opposition,” the official said.

The medical supplies and communications equipment includes items the opposition asked for to help civilians in need and to organize themselves to combat “brutality” by government forces, the official said.

“It’s likely deliveries of this assistance will increase over time.”

The rebels are badly outgunned by Syria’s armed forces but the White House has said that it does not favor…

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