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The president's cautious approach to Syria has come under increased criticism as the civil war, now in its fourth year, spills across the border into Iraq, with White House opponents arguing that Obama's reluctance to arm the rebels gave ISIL the space to strengthen.
White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the military assistance "marks another step toward helping the Syrian people defend themselves against regime attacks, push back against the growing number of extremists like ISIL who find safe haven in the chaos, and take their future into their own hands by enhancing security and stability at local levels."
Hill on Thursday. The package includes $1 billion to help stabilize nations bordering Syria that are struggling with the effects of the civil war. military presence in Central and Eastern Europe amid Russia's threatening moves in Ukraine.
The White House has been hinting for weeks that Obama was preparing to step up assistance to the Syrian rebels. would provide the opposition. personnel in Jordan and conduct the training exercise there. The Senate could act on the bill before the August recess. has also provided nearly $287 million in nonlethal assistance to the moderate opposition.
Obama's request to Congress for $500 million in training and arms to the opposition in effect opens a second front in the fight against militants spilling over Syria's border and threatening to overwhelm neighbouring Iraq. The train and equip mission would be overseen by the Pentagon and would mark a significant Nike Hoodies Blue
The military program would be supplemented by $1 billion in assistance to Syria's neighbours Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq to help them deal with an influx of refugees and the threat of extremists spilling over their borders.
Like the more moderate Syrian rebels, ISIL is seeking to push Assad from power. The group seeks to carve out a purist Islamic enclave across both sides of the Syria Iraq border. officials say Assad's forces launched airstrikes on extremist targets inside Iraq on Monday. is also weighing targeted strikes against ISIL in Iraq, creating an odd alignment with one of Washington's biggest foes. troops back into combat in Iraq. interests.
expansion of previous covert effort to arm the more moderate rebels who are fighting both the extremists and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
500 million to train and equip vetted members of Syrian opposition
Obama has long been reluctant to arm the opposition, in part because of concerns that weapons may fall into extremist hands. has grown increasingly confident in recent months about its ability to distinguish the moderate rebels from the more extremist elements that include the al Qaida inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, which has stormed into Nike Men Sweatshirts Syria and captured much of the northern part of the country. weapons and ammunition falling into Nike Hoodie Coat
efforts to strengthen more moderate Syrian rebels.
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