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    Congress approves plan to train, arm Syrian rebels

    With approval in hand to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight the so-called Islamic State terror group, President Barack Obama said Thursday the plan keeps with "the key principle" of U.S. strategy: No American combat troops on the ground.

    "The Ameri...

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Obama: US must back partners against ISIS


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House gives military authority to train, arm Syrian rebels

US Capitol

The House on Wednesday approved President Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS.


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