House Republicans in the US back Syrian rebel training

September 16, 2014 10:02 AM

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WASHINGTON: US lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State group.

The Obama administration says the training operation is needed to establish credible, local ground forces to accompany US air strikes against the militants who have conquered large parts of Iraq and Syria, beheaded two American journalists and become a top US terrorism threat in the region and beyon...

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