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The public -- and private -- reasons the US isn't arming Syrian rebels

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As evidence grows of human rights abuses and war crimes being committed on both sides in Syria's civil war, the United States is sticking publicly with its decision to provide only nonlethal equipment to the rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The large majority of civilian deaths and human rights abuses are coming at the hands of government forces and militias, but evidence of summary executions and other abuses at the hands of rebel forces is also growing. Overall, an environment is mounting of tit-for-tat violence and rising atrocities.

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