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June 14th, 2013
06:06 PM ET

McCain: We need 'heavy weapons' and a 'safe zone' in Syria

Republican Senator John McCain has been arguing for intervention in Syria almost since the civil war began.

Now that the White House  has confirmed that Syrian forces used chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war, the administration is ready to step up military support for the opposition.

McCain has repeatedly pushed the administration to arm Syrian rebels, and the Arizona senator told CNN Friday he is comfortable giving the rebels whatever weapons they need.

"I am absolutely convinced we need to have heavy weapons, both anti-tank and anti-air," said McCain.

The administration plans to provide small arms, ammunition, and potentially anti-tank weapons, two officials familiar with the matter told CNN Friday.

The weapons will come from the CIA, the officials said.

McCain said small arms support will not change anything.
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