McCain wants US to help Syria rebels
18 June 2012, 08:16
Washington - Senator John McCain says the lack of US aid to Syrian
rebels is "shameful," and that helping the opposition would be the
biggest blow to Iran in 25 years.
The US has refused to arm Syrian
rebels in part to avoid a proxy fight with Iran and Russia, which back
the Syrian government. The crisis in Syria is likely to come up when
President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in
Mexico on Monday.
McCain, Obama's Republican rival in the 2008 elections, tells NBC's Meet the Press on
Sunday that members of the Syrian opposition are being "killed and
massacred and tortured and raped" and "the fact that Americans aren't
helping them is shameful".
Syrian activists say the rebel-held areas in Homs have been under attack for a week.