Obama signs nearly $578 billion defense bill for fiscal 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama answers a question after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes U.S. training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at nearly $578 billion, including about $64 billion for wars abroad. The legislation, approved by Congress earlier this month, sets defense policy and authorizes spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1, but does not actually appropriate funding. …

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