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Originally published Friday, March 15, 2013 at 2:18 AM

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EU leaders likely to discuss arming Syrian rebels

On the second anniversary of an uprising that evolved into Syria's brutal civil war, the European Union's national leaders will likely discuss whether to arm rebels trying to overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.

The Associated Press

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BRUSSELS —

On the second anniversary of an uprising that evolved into Syria's brutal civil war, the European Union's national leaders will likely discuss whether to arm rebels trying to overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.

The item is not on the agenda - the main topic is EU-Russian relations. But French officials have indicated President Francois Hollande may raise it at the meeting Friday in Brussels.

The EU currently has an embargo prohibiting any arms from being sent to Syria, whether to the rebels or to the Assad regime. That embargo is set to remain in force until May.

France and Britain want to supply arms to the rebels, saying the regime is receiving arms from Russia and Iran. But some other EU countries say Syria doesn't need any more weapons.

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