France studies how to track arms for Syrian rebels

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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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