Obama requests $500 million to aid Syrian opposition

By Peninsula Daily News staff

PRESIDENT OBAMA ON Thursday requested $500 million from Congress to train and equip what the White House is calling “appropriately vetted” members of the Syrian opposition.

The request comes as the administration is trying to put some form to the president's surprise announcement last month of plans for a $5 billion counterterrorism fund to provide training for operations in vulnerable countries in the Middle East.

The training program would be the most significant action yet by the United States in the conflict in Syria, which has spilled over the border now to Iraq, where an al-Quaida-inspired insurgency is threatening the American-backed government.

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/world/middleeast/obama-seeks-500-million-to-train-and-equip-syrian-opposition.html?emc=edit_na_20140626

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Last modified: June 26. 2014 7:30PM
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