US Republican presidential candidates are for military assistance to Syrian rebels: two more journalists are killed at the hot point

According to Jerusalem Post US Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich spoke about the to support the idea of arming the Syrian opposition in its fight against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Romney considered that the United States needed to team up with allies to help the rebels.

“We need to work with Saudi Arabia and with Turkey to say, ‘You guys provide the kind of weaponry that’s needed to help the rebels inside Syria,'” the former Massachusetts governor said.

The Republican seen most likely to face US President Barack Obama in November’s presidential election, Romney said such support was needed to turn Syria away from Iran at a critical time when Tehran was possibly trying to develop nuclear weapons.

“If we can turn Syria and Lebanon away from Iran, we finally have the capacity to get Iran to pull back,” Romney said. He added that the United States should make it clear that military action would be taken if Iran pursued nuclear weapons.

There were such rumors earlier this week that the Obama administration may really arm the Syrian opposition if a political solution to the conflict proves impossible.

But a White House spokesman cautioned that such action could further contribute to the militarization of Syria and lead it down a dangerous path, although the administration did not rule out additional measures.

There are also forces in the USA which are against of arming the rebels. They warn that the anti-Assad forces are too divided and say it is not clear who is in charge.

Debates of the West on Syrian conflict solution are going on and at the same time the murders, bombarding and bloodshed are going on in Syria.

Los Angeles Times writes that two Western journalists were killed Wednesday in the central Syrian city of Homs.

At least two other Western journalists were reported injured in the shelling of Homs, which opposition activists say has been under government bombardment for almost three weeks, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

But it was the deaths of the journalists — including Marie Colvin, an acclaimed war correspondent and U.S. native who wrote for the Sunday Times of London — that seemed certain to raise the profile of the conflict and heighten pressure on both Assad and Western leaders.

Reporters Without Borders, a press freedom group, alleged that the building where the two were killed — a makeshift media center in Homs‘ besieged Baba Amr district — “was believed to have been deliberately targeted, since it was public knowledge that it was used regularly by journalists.” The group said 11 rockets hit the structure, which had reportedly been hit before.

A day before the two Western journalists were killed, the opposition said, a well-known amateur videographer and activist, Rami Sayed, was killed by shrapnel in Homs.

But no definitive proof emerged Wednesday that journalists were deliberately being killed. Scores of buildings in Homs have been shelled, many on multiple occasions, the opposition said. The Syrian government denied that it even knew that the two slain journalists were in the country.

The deaths of the journalists come less than a week after a celebrated New York Times correspondent, Anthony Shadid, died in Syria‘s Idlib province after suffering an asthma attack. Friends and family honored Shadid on Tuesday in a ceremony at the American University of Beirut.

Clashes in Syria started since March, 2011 and according to the UN more than 6000 people have already been killed in this country.

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