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John McCain Meets With Syrian Rebels

Arizona Senator John McCain snuck into Syria on Monday to meet with rebel leaders, making him the highest-ranking official in the United States to visit the country since conflict broke out in the country.

Politico reports that McCain's visit took several hours and is the first visit made by a U.S. official since Robert Ford, the Ambassador to Syria, visited the country earlier this month.

Syrian rebels have asked the United States to help with heavier weaponry and a no-fly zone - as well as airstrikes on forces belonging to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and those aligned with Hezbollah, since they have vowed to back Assad in the war.

The Daily Beast reports that McCain made the trip from Turkey with General Salam Idris.

"The visit of Senator McCain to Syria is very important and very useful, especially at this time," Idris said. "We need American help to have change on the ground; we are now in a very critical situation."

The trip was organized by the Syrian Emergency Task Force.

by RTT Staff Writer

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