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Evolving Syrian War Pushes World Leaders Towards Taking Sides

President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting. Credit: AP

The Blaze's National Security Editor Buck Sexton joined "Real News" live Tuesday via Skype from Amnon, Jordan to report the latest on the evolving situation in Syria, where the U.S. is now providing military support to opposition forces.

The escalation in Syria comes as world leaders meet in Northern Ireland for the G8, where at the end of the summit heads of state called for peace talks to be held as soon as posible to resolve the Syrian civil war. Russia's Vladimir Putin, however, stood out from the pack as he defended his nation's support of the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, Reuters reports.

After two days of intense talks that fell far short of what Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron had been hoping for, Putin fumed against Western moves to supply weapons to rebels while defending his own supplies of arms for Assad.

"We are supplying weapons under legal contracts to the legal government. That is the government of President Assad. And if we are going to sign such contracts, we are going to deliver," the Russian president said.

Beyond G8 leaders, delegating support may have also created strife between Hezbollah and Hamas. The Daily Star reports that the resistance movements have downplayed reports of a rift between the two after a round of apparent reconciliation talks that called for an end to sectarian rhetoric in the region. President Mohamed Morsi in nearby Egypt has cut ties with Syria and called for a a no-fly zone over the country, also urging Hezbollah to pull out.

Watch the panel discuss how the evolving war in Syria is making the world pick sides below.

 

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