Foreign Policy US military aid to Syria rebels: why Obama is seeking it now (+video)

The $500 million Obama is requesting to train and arm Syrian rebels, the first direct US military aid in the three-year civil war, is part of a counterterrorism initiative and not directed against the Assad regime.

By , Staff writer

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The $500 million President Obama is requesting from Congress for the training and arming of Syrian rebels has nothing to do with turning the tide against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.