Destruction is seen following a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo on June 26, 2014
Destruction is seen following a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo on June 26, 2014 © Zein al-Rifai - AMC/AFP
Destruction is seen following a reported barrel-bomb attack by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo on June 26, 2014
AFP
Last updated: June 27, 2014

Obama seeks $500 million to train and equip Syrian rebels

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US President Barack Obama called on Congress Thursday to approve $500 million to train and equip the "moderate Syrian opposition" battling the forces of strongman President Bashar al-Assad.

In its overseas contingency operations request to Congress, the White House proposed the funding for "vetted elements of the Syrian armed opposition to help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control, facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats, and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement."

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