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September 18, 2014 7:20 am

Divided House of Representatives Votes to Support Airstrikes Against Islamic State

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New York Times – An unusual but overwhelming coalition in the House voted Wednesday to authorize the training and arming of Syrian rebels to confront the militant Islamic State, backing President Obama after he personally pleaded for support.

The 273-156 vote was over a narrow military measure with no money attached, but it took on outsize importance and was infused in drama, reflecting the tension and ambiguity of members wary of the ultimate path to which any war vote could lead.

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