WASHINGTON —The use of airstrikes has been authorized by President Obama in order to defend a U.S. trained force of Syrian rebels if it comes under attack from other military forces, including the Bashar Assad regime, U.S. officials said.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that U.S. officials had made the decision after months of debating the role of the U.S. military in relation to its allies in theSyrian crisis. The officials had been careful about any such confrontation because of the risk of bringing the American military into conflict with Assad’s forces. MORE
The Pentagon may announce as soon as Tuesday a plan to lift the ban within the next six months on transgender people openly serving in the U.S. military, a defense official says.
The official said the White House has been pressing the Pentagon to move ahead with ending the ban, following a recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
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