A US pledge to step up military aid to Syrian rebels on the basis of alleged proof the regime had used chemical arms drew criticism Friday from UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Russia.
Syrian rebel fighters hold a position on June 13, 2013 in the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan. The United States has dramatically toughened its line on Syria, accusing it of using chemical weapons and promising military aid to rebel forces, as Damascus slammed the allegation as "lies".
Damascus itself dismissed the accusation as "lies".
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