Obama Close To Authorizing Military Training Of Syrian Rebels

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President Barack Obama speaks at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 26, 2014. Obama, who returned just hours earlier from a surprise visit with U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, paid tribute to those lost in battle there and elsewhere over history as he commemorated Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

President Barack Obama is close to authorizing a mission led by the U.S. military to train moderate Syrian rebels to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad and al Qaeda-linked groups, a move that would expand Washington's role in the conflict, U.S. officials said.

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