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Sep 18, 2014

Ukraine president asks U.S. Congress for more aid

WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro
Poroshenko appealed for more U.S. assistance, including arms, in
a warmly received appearance before the U.S. Congress on
Thursday, but the latest offer of American help did not include
the weaponry he is seeking.

“Please understand me correctly. Blankets, night-vision
goggles are also important. But one cannot win the war with
blankets.” He added: “Even more, we cannot keep the peace with a
blanket.”

Sep 18, 2014

Ukrainian president asks U.S. Congress for more support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appealed to the U.S. Congress for lethal and non-lethal military aid, more sanctions and a special security status on Thursday during a visit to Washington to bolster U.S. support for his strategy in handling Russian-backed separatists.

“I strongly encourage the United States to give Ukraine a special security and defense status which reflects the highest level of interaction with non-NATO allies,” Poroshenko said in an emotional speech to the House of Representatives and Senate. He was interrupted frequently by applause and standing ovations.

Sep 18, 2014

House votes to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The House voted 273-to-156 to authorize the plan, a test of support for Obama’s stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. advisers may take forward positions in Iraq fighting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The House voted 273-to-156 to authorise the plan, a test of support for Obama’s stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. House votes to arm Syrian rebels, but questions remain

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on
Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions
remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they
say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The House voted 273-to-156 to authorize the plan, a test of
support for Obama’s stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy”
Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and
Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a
caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 17, 2014

As U.S. lawmakers vote on arming Syrian rebels, big questions remain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives votes on Wednesday on legislation to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants.

The vote is a test of support within President Barack Obama’s own party for his stepped-up campaign to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. Congress pushes ahead with bid to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives began debating legislation on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass the full Congress by the end of this week.

House Republican leaders unveiled the authorization on Monday as an amendment to a stopgap funding bill Congress must pass this month, after Obama asked lawmakers to approve the training as part of his broader plan to stop the Sunni militants who have taken over swaths of Syria and Iraq.

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. Congress poised to approve aid to moderate Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress appeared poised on Tuesday to quickly approve President Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a major part of the effort he announced this week to fight Islamic State militants.

The House of Representatives began debating an amendment to a stopgap funding bill that would authorize support for the moderate rebels, who are fighting both the Islamic State and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. lawmakers move toward arming Syrian rebels, with conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debating legislation on Tuesday to give President Barack Obama approval for arming and training rebels who oppose both Islamic State militants and Syria’s government.

Republican lawmakers unveiled a measure, written with input from the White House, that would quickly provide the authority – but not the funding – that Obama wants to equip and train the moderate Syrian rebels.

Sep 12, 2014

Top Republicans back Obama’s plan to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives voiced support on Thursday for President Barack Obama’s expanded campaign against Islamic State militants, but members of his party questioned whether the plan was forceful enough.

Obama sent a panel of top administration officials to make the case to Congress for broadening operations against the Sunni militants, including U.S. air strikes in Syria for the first time, more strikes in Iraq and more military advisers in Iraq.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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