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US Congress moves toward OK for financing war on IS jihadists

This October 19, 2014 photo provided by the US Navy shows an EA-18G Growler launching from the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson as the ship conducts flight operations in the US 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent ResolveUS congressional negotiators late Tuesday approved an emergency funding package to pay for military operations against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, and a vote is expected in the coming days. A plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, proposed by President Barack Obama, is also expected to be extended. The armed services committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate late Tuesday released the final text of the defense authorization act for the 2015 budget year, which runs from October 2014 to September 2015, after months of negotiations. The House should adopt the bill by the end of the week, said Democratic Senator Carl Levin and his Republican counterpart James Inhofe.

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