ROME (AP) -- U.S. officials say the Obama administration is providing $100 million in new Syria aid -- but the money is for humanitarian purposes and not linked to any decision on arming Syrian rebels.
U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that Secretary of State John Kerry will make the announcement Thursday in Rome.
The new funds will help support 1.4 million Syrian refugees and hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in the violence inside Syria. The announcement brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance in the two-year war to $510 million.
The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.
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