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The latest: Russian general staff chief: Free Syrian Army is receiving weapons from Russia

  • This photo released on Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 by the Douma Revolution News Network on their Facebook page, shows Syrians trying to extinguish fire that was caused by Syrian government aerial bombardment on the Damascus suburb of Douma, Syria. Syrian government helicopter gunships have struck a suburb of the capital, Damascus, a day after airstrikes on nearby areas killed more than 40 people, opposition activists said. (Douma Revolution via AP)

    This photo released on Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 by the Douma Revolution News Network on their Facebook page, shows Syrians trying to extinguish fire that was caused by Syrian government aerial bombardment on the Damascus suburb of Douma, Syria. Syrian government helicopter gunships have struck a suburb of the capital, Damascus, a day after airstrikes on nearby areas killed more than 40 people, opposition activists said. (Douma Revolution via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo released on Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 by the Douma Revolution News Network on their Facebook page, shows Syrians trying to extinguish fire that was caused by Syrian government aerial bombardment on the Damascus suburb of Douma, Syria. Syrian government helicopter gunships have struck a suburb of the capital, Damascus, a day after airstrikes on nearby areas killed more than 40 people, opposition activists said. (Douma Revolution via AP)

    This photo released on Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 by the Douma Revolution News Network on their Facebook page, shows Syrians trying to extinguish fire that was caused by Syrian government aerial bombardment on the Damascus suburb of Douma, Syria. Syrian government helicopter gunships have struck a suburb of the capital, Damascus, a day after airstrikes on nearby areas killed more than 40 people, opposition activists said. (Douma Revolution via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo released on Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 by the Douma Revolution News Network on their Facebook page, shows Syrians trying to extinguish fire that was caused by Syrian government aerial bombardment on the Damascus suburb of Douma, Syria. Syrian government helicopter gunships have struck a suburb of the capital, Damascus, a day after airstrikes on nearby areas killed more than 40 people, opposition activists said. (Douma Revolution via AP)

    This photo released on Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 by the Douma Revolution News Network on their Facebook page, shows Syrians trying to extinguish fire that was caused by Syrian government aerial bombardment on the Damascus suburb of Douma, Syria. Syrian government helicopter gunships have struck a suburb of the capital, Damascus, a day after airstrikes on nearby areas killed more than 40 people, opposition activists said. (Douma Revolution via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The latest on the war in Syria. All times local.

1:45 p.m.

The head of Russia's military general staff says rebels of the Free Syrian Army are receiving weapons — comments that come just days after a Kremlin spokesman denied that Russia was doing that.

Gen. Valery Gerasimov was quoted Monday by Russian news agencies as saying Russia is supporting the FSA with airstrikes and "help with weapons, ammunition and materiel." The statement appeared to suggest Russia was supplying the weapons, but the military could not be reached for clarification.

President Vladimir Putin said the rebels, who oppose Moscow's ally Syrian President Bashar Assad, were receiving weapons from Russia, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later said Putin meant Assad's army was getting weapons and the rebels were receiving only air support.

FSA's chief of staff has denied receiving Russian weapons.