Obama asks Congress to approve aid to rebels in fight against Islamic State

Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has asked the U.S. Congress to authorize aid for rebel groups fighting in Syria, a move that would put lawmakers on record backing his strategy to defeat Islamic State militants. The request by the president came on the eve of a speech laying out his plan for the United States to lead a broad coalition against the militants who have taken large swaths of Iraq and Syria. Obama requested that funds for training rebels be included in a stop-gap funding bill that would avert a U.S.

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