Obama seeks $500 million in aid to train Syrian rebels

June 26, 2014 11:21 PM

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White House says aid will help defend Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control, facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats, and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement.

Reuters - President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers for greater U.S. backing for Syria's opposition, on Thursday asked the U.S. Congress approve $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar Assad.

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