Congress Weighs in on ISIL; 49 Hostages Freed

Enduring Freedom

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 273-156 to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting ISIL. The Senate also passed the measure by an overwhelming vote of 78-22. The resolution was part of the funding bill that avoids another government shutdown. It does not actually allocate any funds for the task and requires the Obama administration to provide a report on how the training of the Syrian rebels will advance the overall strategy of combating and dismantling ISIL.

49 Turkish hostages were freed on Saturday. They were captured from the Turkish consulate in Mosul on June 11. The Turkish government has stated that the hostages were freed as part of a rescue mission though experts have doubts about the official story. 

Turkey opened a 30-km section of their border to Kurdish refugees fleeing an ISIL attack on their hometown of Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab. 60,000 refugees crossed the border in just 24 hours. 

Police in Australia say they have foiled an attempt by terrorists with connections to ISIL. The intended plot meant to kidnap a random member of the public in Sydney and record the beheading of that person.  

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