American aid: But no shift in policy on Syria

Arbat refugee camp, Iraqi Kurdistan, photo by Jacob Russell ARBAT, Iraq — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged $60 million in "non-lethal" aid to the Syrian rebels Thursday, a donation that doesn't mark a departure from previous Western policy on Syria and does little to contain the deepening humanitarian crisis spilling over the country's borders, analysts say.

"The U.S. policy ... toward the crisis in Syria remains one of reluctant engagement," said David Hartwell, a defense analyst at IHS Jane's in London. "This nuancing of approach by Kerry does not change that policy. And indeed, a dramatic shift in approach to the war in Syria from either the U.S. or the European Union is unlikely in the medium term.

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