Reassuring a wary ally, Obama meets with Saudi king, weighs air defense help for Syrian rebels

  • by: JULIE PACE , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 28, 2014 - 4:25 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The United States is considering allowing shipments of portable air defense systems to Syrian rebels, a U.S. official said Friday, as President Barack Obama sought to reassure Saudi Arabia's king that the U.S. is not taking too soft a stance in Syria and other Mideast conflicts.

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