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    White House Seeks $500M to Equip, Train Syrian Opposition

    FILE - A Free Syrian Army trainer addresses fellow fighters as he conducts a demonstration on how to use anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons at a training camp in the northern countryside of Aleppo, March 31, 2014.
    FILE - A Free Syrian Army trainer addresses fellow fighters as he conducts a demonstration on how to use anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons at a training camp in the northern countryside of Aleppo, March 31, 2014.
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    The White House is asking  the U.S. Congress for $500 million to equip and train selected members of the armed moderate Syrian opposition.

    National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Thursday the money will also be used to help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under rebel control and meet the threat of terrorism.

    Hayden said while there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria, the money would be another step toward helping the Syrian people defend themselves against attacks by the Assad regime.

    President Obama had told the graduating class of the West Point military academy last month that the U.S. must push back against extremists who he said are finding safe haven in the chaos in Syria.

    The Sunni rebellion in Syria has influenced Sunni extremists in their uprising in Iraq.

    In New York Thursday, U.N. humanitarian affairs chief Valerie Amos said the Syrian government has put up bureaucratic obstacles and restrictions on where and when aid can be delivered.

    Amos told the Security Council that she cannot describe the frustration of aid workers who have to spend hours negotiating while lives hang in the balance.

    She also blamed some rebel groups for attacking and threatening aid workers.

    Amos says almost 11 million people in Syria need humanitarian aid.

    The Council unanimously passed a resolution in February demanding all parties in Syria grant relief agencies unimpeded access.

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    by: maithe from: Paris, France
    June 27, 2014 4:40 PM
    ' Moderate'?? What do you mean?
    How do you know your so called 'selected members'(!!) are 'moderate' and not terrorists??....Do you really think one can find 'moderate' rebels in the area ?

    by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
    June 27, 2014 12:47 PM
    This is double policy of USA & EU to support, train and equip Terrorist Group, as to increase the selling price of war equipment. USA & EU should be answerable in front of God Court for this human tragedy of this century. USA is giving training to terrorist group and giving them money as bonus for their activities against human kind. I have seen so much human blood in my life, because of USA & EU support terrorist group.

    by: RA from: Accrqa
    June 27, 2014 9:59 AM
    The US should not forget that arming the Syrian opposition may one day be suicidal to themselves(US) just the same way they did in Afghanistan when they trained Osama and the Al-Qaeda group

    by: meanbill from: USA
    June 27, 2014 8:19 AM
    The US says it doesn't take sides between the Sunnis and Shia Muslims in the (ISIL) Sunni Muslim led war in Iraq, (but in reality), the US arms and trains the Sunni Muslims in Jordan and Turkey to fight the Shia Muslim led governments in Syria, and now Iraq, and still withhold the warplanes and the attack helicopter gunships, that Iraq bought from the US in 2012, leaving the Iraq Shia Muslim led government without any air power, to combat the (ISIL) attack.... and having the UN place sanctions and embargoes on the Shia Muslim government of Iran? --- (USING LOGIC?) --- The US is arming and training Sunni Muslims to fight (2) of the (3) Shia Muslim led countries in the Middle East, and they had UN sanctions and embargos put on the (3rd) Shia Muslim government of Iran? --- (Now, you be the Judge?).. is the US really not taking sides?

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