[“Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels” – BBC – 6.26.14]
BBC covers reported plans by the Obama administration to request a half-billion dollars from Congress to provide military training and equipment to Syrian rebels, specifically a subset apparently to be deemed moderate.
However, one focus would be not simply assisting rebels opposing Syrian strongman Bashas al-Assad, but also countering Islamic group “ISIL,” calling itself “the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.”
… Obama has asked … Congress to approve $500m … to train and equip what he described as ‘moderate’ Syrian opposition forces.
The funds would help Syrians defend against forces aligned with President Bashar al-Assad … The aid would also counter Islamist militants such as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant …
* * * Tens of thousands of people have died and millions more have been displaced in three years of civil war in Syria, as rebels fight troops loyal to Mr Assad.