Pentagon weighs U.S. funding bill impact on terrorism fight

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon is scrambling to assess the impact of Congress’ decision last week to approve only a third of the requested funding on the U.S. counterterrorism fight in Syria and Africa, the department’s budget chief said on Monday. An appropriations bill approved on Saturday contained $1.3 billion of the $4 billion President Barack Obama sought for a new Counterterrorism Partnership Fund to counter al Qaeda affiliates in Africa and train Syrian moderates to fight Islamic State rebels. “We got a lot less flexibility than we asked for. …

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