​Obama seeks $500 million to train, equip Syrian rebels

June 26, 2014 8:38 PM

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​Obama seeks $500 million to train, equip Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition, as the U.S. grapples for a way to stem a civil war that has also fueled the al Qaeda inspired insurgency in neighboring Iraq.

The military training program would deepen the Obama administration's involvement in the more than four-year conflict between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. If approved by Congress, the program would supplement a covert train-and-assistance program run by U.S. intelligence...

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