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US President Barack Obama called on Congress Thursday to approve $500 million to train and equip vetted Syrian rebels battling the forces of strongman President Bashar al-Assad.

Following strong hints by Obama in recent weeks, the White House said it intends to “ramp up US support to the moderate Syrian opposition.”

It proposed the funding for “vetted elements of the Syrian armed opposition to help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control, facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats, and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement.”

The proposal was part of the $65.8 billion overseas contingency operations request to Congress for fiscal year 2015, which begins October 1.

“The administration will develop the details of this envisioned program in consultation with the Congress and our international partners,” the White House said.

Washington has been studying options for providing additional assistance to rebel forces beyond the existing aid, which includes mainly “non-lethal” support.

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