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House approves Obama's plan to arm Syrian rebels, but doubts linger
House approves Obama's plan to arm Syrian rebels, but doubts linger

Despite deep reluctance from lawmakers, the House on Wednesday approved President Obama's plan to arm Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants, with the Senate expected to give final passage Thursday. But while the 273-156 vote was an important endorsement of the president's new military campaign, it exposed more doubt than resolve among lawmakers from both parties over the administration's approach. Republicans and Democrats are skeptical of Obama's plan to supplement U.S. airstrikes by training and arming Syrian opposition forces, whose abilities and trustworthiness remain untested. Members of both parties also fear entering a protracted battle...

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