Obama Wants $500M to Train Syria Rebels

    US President Barack Obama speaks during the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center on June 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    President Obama requested $500 million from Congress on Thursday to train and arm certain factions of the Syrian opposition who have been vetted. The Senate Armed Services Committee has agreed to to a version of the bill that will provide "equipment, supplies, training, and defense services" to pre-screened rebel groups, and the Senate will vote on the bill possibly before August's recess. The ask is part of a $65.8 billion overseas operations request and nestled within that in a $1.5 billion stabilization package for Syria's bordering neighbors: Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq.

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