US faces tough challenges to deliver aid in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S.
officials are facing a daunting challenge in Syria. They're trying to
deliver nearly $1.3 billion in assistance to people in a war zone so
chaotic that ambulances are used for target practice and aid is halted
by armed men at random checkpoints.

Syria's humanitarian needs are
staggering. Nearly 7 million Syrians need help. That's equal to the
population of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut combined.
About 2 million have fled to neighboring countries and between 4 and 5
million are displaced inside Syria.

There will be renewed pleas for more international aid when the U.N. General Assembly meets this week in New York.

But delivering the assistance is a job as daunting as the overwhelming need.