Syria Train and Equip Fund

Syria Train and Equip Fund At A Glance

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The Syria Train and Equip Fund is a Defense Department-funded security assistance program that Congress for the first time provided the President with authority and funds to overtly train and lethally equip vetted members of the Syrian opposition for select purposes.

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The Syria Train and Equip Fund is a Defense Department-funded security assistance program that Congress for the first time provided the President with authority and funds to overtly train and lethally equip vetted members of the Syrian opposition for select purposes. These purposes include supporting U.S. efforts to combat the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations in Syria and setting the conditions for a negotiated settlement to Syria’s civil war. The FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, P.L. 113-291) and the FY2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (P.L. 113-235) provided that up to $500 million could be transferred from the newly-established Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF) to train and equip such Syrian forces. Additional funding could be provided from other sources for the Syrian Train and Equip Program, including from foreign contributions, subject to the approval of the congressional defense committees. In the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act, the fund recieved its own line item sepate from the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund. Under the FY2017 NDAA, the President's requested funds are transfered to the new Counter Islamic State in Iraq and Levant Fund. An amendment now requires the Secretary of Defence and the Secretary of State to notify the congressional defense committees, the Senate Foreign relations Committee, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee should a determination be made to provide MANDAPs to elemts of the appropriately vetted Syrian opposition.

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