Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (R) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wait for a meeting at the King's private residence in the Red Sea city of Jeddah June 27, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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Syrian rebels can help push back jihadists in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday, during a meeting with moderate rebel leader Ahmad Jarba in Saudi Arabia.Following several signals in recent weeks by U.S. President Barack Obama's administration, the White House Thursday asked for $500 million from Congress to train and equip vetted members of Syria's opposition, the most significant U.S. move so far to support those fighting against President Bashar Assad.Ahmad Jarba, leader of the Syrian National Coalition, welcomed the huge U.S. boost to his forces, battling to oust Syrian President Assad. Kerry said "the moderate opposition in Syria ... has the ability to be a very important player in pushing back against [Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria] ISIS's presence ... not just in Syria, but also in Iraq.
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