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Congress Approves Syria Backing

Today the Senate voted to approve Obama’s plan to train and arm Syrian rebels in the fight against IS. Democrats voted in favor of the deal by 114-85 and the majority of Republicans (by a scale of 2-1) favored the bill as well. Democrats seem harder to sway for a myriad of reasons, but the biggest concerns tend to be about the uncertain future of Syria. Many are concerned about where the weaponry will end up years down the line (reflecting back on the mujahideen and the Taliban) and if the rebels are truly moderate enough and will continue to be allies down the road. The bill would allow a budget of $500 million to train the Syrians rebels, the cost of which will be covered by this years leftover war funding.

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