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It's -- John Kerry visiting Turkey today I wrapping up a news conference just a few moments ago.
This after announcing in -- yesterday some new US aid to the Syrian opposition.
-- -- -- -- President Obama and -- who has been very clear about the stakes in Syria and I'm proud to -- the United States of America will be providing.
An additional sixty million dollars immediately sits in nonlethal assistance to support the coalition.
In its operational needs day today.
As it continues to organize and work for the political transition that we all want to see.
And I look forward to working with the United States congress on this.
-- -- -- -- delayed again food and medicine.
Flies and some money meantime the chief of Syrian rebel forces weighing in on the announcement saying his fighters are quote desperate.
In need of weapons and ammunition not food.
And bandages -- and inspires the con is in the Jerusalem Post he recently returned from a trip to Syria Democrat to have them on the program today.
Jack -- British -- sending your photos that you took during this recent I'd venture into into Syria and this.
If you could is described just a little bit about what struck you.
About your trip there.
Well this time around that if this is the third trip -- -- in his Syria by the way in the course of the last via.
This time around those with the 'cause I was in northeastern Syria.
West Syrian Kurds have basically -- doubts.
An autonomous zone a zone of control of their alone among -- very much in control.
The -- the regime is absent except for a couple of the points where they remain.
And when the rebels also are absent that I was very much struck first -- -- by via.
The relative efficiency and -- -- of their rule and I would say the peacefulness.
The notable piece -- with all of that part of northeast Syria.
With the exception of some edges.
That's of that area where they've actually been in conflict in recent weeks in recent months.
With the Syrian rebels with elements of the Syrian rebels particularly extreme Jihad the elements I was struck.
Very much by in a sense of how under reported.
And how I think quite significant what's happening in northeast Syria in the Kurdish area actually is.
Interesting we're seeing against -- this scenes a fighting some of the the rubble.
From it looks like an area that has been recently been attacked you -- some of the ethnic divisions happening inside Syria.
Talk to us a little bit about -- the L the other element you said the rebels he said I'm -- hottest that are also there.
I'm being talked with -- in the context of the fact that we are now announcing that we are going to be -- in a more significant way.
Yeah well via the rubble which you see there isn't a town -- which the coats coalesce -- -- the you have school -- Russell ion and that is a place -- on two occasions in the last -- in November and then again in mid January the Kurdish forces clashed.
With Jihad the elements from -- -- -- most of -- the al-Qaeda linked and rebel group and a couple of other rebel units who -- trying to force their way into that area.
Because they opposed to a Kurdish autonomy because claimed by the way that those rebels those jedi rebels were able to do that.
Because of health afforded them by the Turks -- the town just on on the Turkish border sit right fist fighting in the -- held them off.
Are you -- -- the -- able to tell who are and on for lack of better term.
Who are the good rebels that one over to throw aside and who -- -- -- Heidi it's that are potentially.
And a terrorist element that you mention al-Qaeda.
Knew how how do you tell the difference is there a difference.
Thanks very very hard to tell the difference -- -- whether the cuts can do so -- is in a certain sense that's important issue is whether western countries which wish -- to aid the rebellion.
Are able to make those that those different see those differences and make us different generations.
I think it is possible to do so you need good intelligence he did a lot of good work on the ground I think that has been going on in recent months.
There are many Jihad these and many -- among the rebels but there are also those rebels who -- more moderate to a more willing to take help from the west.
There are clear difference is the Free Syrian Army remains to some degree just the heading.
Beneath which there are many varied and different military forces fighting the Assad dictatorship just let the vital importance to get that -- -- who's -- and if you gonna wait and I think -- intelligence information is available I think it's possible to get a I think the US in the west.
-- we have it now the question now is how they actually want to help and the extent to which that was that -- And that is the big question -- great -- and the program thank you for sharing your story with us today we appreciate it.
Thanks very much down.
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