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US House of Representatives approved Obama's plan to train moderate Syrian opposition

Sep 18, 2014 16:16 IST

The US House of Representatives on 17 September 2014 approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm the moderate Syrian opposition taking on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The proposed plan of 500 million US dollar was passed by 273 votes to 156 in the Republican-controlled House. But before being fruitful, the proposed plan needs to be adopted by the Senate. This plan authorises the US military to arm and train Syrian fighters battling ISIS that is also known as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

In the House of Representatives, the strategy saw both support and opposition from Democrats and Republicans, in which 159 Republicans voted in favour against 71 against and same was the thing for Democrats in which 114 voted in favour against 85 against.

The plan was endorsed after Obama repeated that the US would not send American combat troops to ground operations in Iraq.

Till now, the US has undertaken 174 air strikes against ISIS in Iraq since mid-August 2014.


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