Upping the ante

Print edition : July 26, 2013

A destroyed street in Deir Ezzor on June 27. Photo: AHMAD ABOUD/AFP

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) at the "Friends of Syria" meeting in Doha on June 22. Photo: REUTERS

A rebel fighter prepares a rocket in Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria on June 27. Photo: ABO SHUJA/AFP

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (right) welcomes Yahya Nanah of the Aleppo Administrative Council. Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP

Women fighters of the rebel Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion undergo training in Aleppo. Photo: MUZAFFAR SALMAN/REUTERS

Syrian refugees in the Jordanian city of Mafraq wait for a bus to take them to their homeland . Photo: MUHAMMAD HAMED/REUTERS

The U.S. enters the Syrian quagmire by openly offering military support to rebel forces and keeping up the pressure on the Bashar al Assad government and its allies in the region.
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