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Obama budget allocates $8.8 billion to fight Islamic State, help Iraq
February 2, 2015 / 4:36 PM / 3 years ago

Obama budget allocates $8.8 billion to fight Islamic State, help Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget requests $8.8 billion (5.86 billion pounds) to fund U.S. efforts to fight Islamic State militants, bolster Iraq’s army and strengthen the “moderate” opposition in Syria, documents released on Monday showed.

About $5.3 billion is allocated for the Department of Defense, including money for air strikes, and $3.5 billion to the Department of State. The funds are part of the Obama administration’s $58 billion request for Overseas Contingency Operations.

Reporting by David Lawder and Jeff Mason; Editing by Susan Heavey

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