Obama to seek more aid for moderate rebels in Syria

(CNN) -- The Obama administration will seek $500 million from Congress to help "train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the moderate Syrian armed opposition," funding that, if approved, would deepen U.S. involvement in that country's civil war.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden announced on Thursday that the administration would seek the funds that she said would build on "longstanding efforts" by the United States "to empower the moderate Syrian opposition."


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