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    Friends of Syria agree to arm rebels

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Western and Arab countries opposed to President Bashar al-Assad have agreed to give urgent military support to Syrian rebels fighting for his overthrow, and to channel that aid through a Western-backed rebel military command.Ministers from the 11 main countries of the Friends of Syria group agreed at Qatar talks "to provide urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment to the opposition on the ground". Their final statement also condemned "the intervention of Hezbollah militias and fighters from Iran and Iraq" and demanded that they withdraw immediately from Syria.Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports from Doha.