Rebel fighters are gathered to prepare the launch of a rocket in the Saif al-Dawla district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 21, 2013. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming rebels opposed to the Syrian government.
Hagel told a Pentagon news conference that the administration is considering a range of options.
He said he personally has not decided whether it would be wise to provide weapons to the rebels.
At the same news conference, British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said his government has not yet provided arms to the Syrian rebels - but would not rule it out.
LOLITA C. BALDOR