Kerry: Syria urgently needs a political solution

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DOHA, Qatar • Unless the bloodshed in Syria stops, the region could descend into a chaotic sectarian conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday, as he called for an urgent political resolution to the war that has dragged on for two years and claimed 93,000 lives. The top U.S. diplomat and his counterparts from 10 Arab and European nations agreed at a daylong meeting in Qatar to step up military and other assistance to the Syrian rebels. But Kerry would not disclose details of the aid, saying only that it would rebalance the fight between the rebels and President Bashar Assad’s better-equipped forces that are increasingly backed by Iranian and Hezbollah fighters. “The…

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