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Senate gives final passage to Obama's plan for arming Syrian rebels
Senate gives final passage to Obama's plan for arming Syrian rebels

The Senate gave final approval Thursday to President Obama's plan to arm Syrian opposition groups in the fight against Islamic State militants, a vote that upended party allegiances and hardened opposition to the administration's strategy. Senators faced the same unease that House members did a day earlier, when the measure was also passed with bipartisan support and opposition. Lawmakers have questioned whether moderate Syrians could be trusted with American arms and worried the U.S. will become mired in another protracted Mideast battle. The 78-22 vote, part of a broader package that included funding to keep the government running past September, gives the White House...

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