After months of delays, the promised United States aid has finally entered Syria. Secratery of State John Kerry promised these shipments of non-lethal aid to the Syrian rebels back in April, but due to various delays, they have only been sent now. The shipments contain vehicles, communication equipment, and advanced medical kits.
Other than this aid, the United States has made no other definite decisions over what to do about the war-ravaged country. A large majority of Americans do not want to enter Syria, in fear that the situation will turn into a new Iraq or Afghanistan. Yesterday, President Putin wrote an op-Ed piece for the New York Times, urging Obama and Congress to wait before making any decisions to enter Syria, instead claiming that the shaky communications that has been going on between America, Russia, and Syria will be enough to fix the situation. In the meantime, Obama has reversed his earlier position on entering Syria and asked Congress to push off their vote about Syria, much to the relief of over 100 undecided congressmen and representatives. As of now, there is no official date set for the vote.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?_r=0 3. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/harry-reid-senate-syria-vote-96565.html
This week, the U.N announced that the death toll of Syria’s revolution has exceeded 100,000. In addition, 4.25 million refugees have been displaced inside Syria itself, while 2 million of Syria’s residents have fled the war torn country.
The United States Government’s response to this has been to order the shipment of arms to rebels in Syria that may be sent in the coming weeks, as well as providing a stipend of $150 per month to the police in rebel-controlled parts of the country.