Kerry says thousands of Hezbollah fighters in Syria

by Reuters
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:40 GMT

AMMAN, May 22 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not prepared to discuss a political solution to end Syria's civil war, the United States and others would consider increasing support for his opponents.

Kerry also told a news conference in the Jordanian capital Amman that there were several thousand fighters from the Lebanese group Hezbollah taking part in Syria's conflict, with Iranian support.

Commenting on recent offensives by Assad's forces, Kerry said they had made gains on the ground in recent days but said he regarded those gains as "very temporary".

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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