U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Ahmad Jarba (L), leader of Syrian National Coalition, wait prior to a meeting at King Abdul-Aziz International Airport in the Saudi city of Jeddah June 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski)
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Syrian rebels can help push back jihadists in Iraq, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday as Washington unveiled plans to boost Syria's opposition with $500 million in arms and training.King Abdullah has consistently called for greater US military support for the Syrian rebels, whom the Sunni Gulf kingdom has long backed.Ahmad Jarba, leader of the Syrian National Coalition, welcomed the huge US boost to his forces, battling to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Washington has been increasingly concerned that the jihadists' battlefield role on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border will play into the hands of the Assad regime.The United States has also urged Arab nations to work to stop the flow of funds and recruits joining the jihadists in the battles in Iraq and Syria.
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