Free Syrian Army fighters stand near a tank during what the FSA said was an offensive to take control of Al-Zaalana checkpoint in Wadi al-Deif, Idlib July 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)
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Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of ISIS militants in Syria.Obama has also vowed to use air power to strike ISIS militants but has maintained repeatedly that American forces will not have a renewed ground combat mission in Iraq in this new phase of a long battle against terrorists.In a Senate hearing, the nation's top military officer said U.S. ground troops may be needed to battle the ISIS group in the Middle East if Obama's strategy fails.In committee hearings and the House floor debate, lawmakers in both parties spoke of fear that the United States would be unable to properly identify as many as 5,000 Syrian rebels who could be trusted to carry out Obama's mission in a region where religious and tribal loyalties frequently collide.
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