May 28, 2014 / 3:33 PM / 3 years ago

Obama says U.S. to boost support to Syrian opposition groups

WEST POINT N.Y. (Reuters) - In a major foreign policy address on Wednesday, President Barack Obama said he will work with Congress to ramp up U.S. support for Syrian opposition groups that are the best alternative to President Bashar al-Assad.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

“We will step up our efforts to support Syria’s neighbors - Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq - as they host refugees, and confront terrorists working across Syrian borders,” Obama said in his prepared remarks.

Reporting by Jeff Mason, Steve Holland, Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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