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Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

  • President Barack Obama greets members of the military and their families as he arrives in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $500 million to train and equip 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 boost the Obama administration’s involvement in the conflict between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and opposition forces. The program would supplement a covert train-and-assistance program run by U.S. intelligence agencies.

The Senate could act on the bill before the August recess.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 27, 2014, on page 1.
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