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20 December, 2014


​Obama signs massive defense bill authorizing Syrian rebel training

President Barack Obama has signed the $585 billion defense policy bill that endorses US efforts to fight Islamic State militants and allocates military spending for fiscal year 2015. It also authorizes the training and sending of aid to Syrian rebels for two years, and provides $5 billion to train Iraqis battling ISIS. The bill offers the core funding of $521.3 billion for the military and $63.7 billion for overseas operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. When announcing the signing of the bill, Obama called on the Congress to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba.