France studies how to track arms for Syrian rebels
In this photo released on June 5, 2013 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian soldiers loyal to President Bashar Assad stand on a truck full of a aid supplies, in Qusair, Syria. Syrian troops and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies captured a strategic border town Wednesday after a grueling three-week battle, dealing a severe blow to rebels and opening the door for President Bashar Assad's regime to seize back the country's central heartland. The regime triumph in Qusair, which Assad's forces had bombarded for months without success, demonstrates the potentially game-changing role of Hezbollah in Syria's civil war. (AP Photo/SANA)
Posted: Friday, June 7, 2013 12:00 am
PARIS (AP) - France's government is investigating high-tech methods to prevent terrorists from using any weapons that Western governments send to Syrian rebels, such as gadgetry that tracks the movement of anti-aircraft missiles or shuts them down from a distance, officials say.
Such controls could be crucial to overcoming fears about arming the rebels - and to shifting the balance in Syria's civil war, which has left tens of thousands of people dead. A major fear of the U.S. and its allies is that terrorists could get hold of any missiles delivered to the rebels and use them to target commercial planes.
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