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Obama Close To Authorizing Military Training Of Syrian Rebels

President Barack Obama speaks at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 26, 2014.  Obama, who returned ju
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)

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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