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House approves Obama's plan to help Syrian rebels fight Islamic State
House approves Obama's plan to help Syrian rebels fight Islamic State

The House on Wednesday approved President Obama's plan to arm Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants, giving the administration a much-needed endorsement of its strategy to defeat the extremist group. But though the Senate was expected to give its approval Thursday, deep personal and political misgivings of lawmakers in both parties exposed more doubt than resolve over the president's approach. Republicans and Democrats alike are skeptical that the proposal to train and arm Syrian opposition forces will work. Training will take months, and the fighters' battlefield abilities and trustworthiness remain untested. Some Republican hawks wanted bolder...

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