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By Phil Stewart and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - The United States announced on Friday it would overhaul its effort to support Syria's rebels battling Islamic State, saying it would provide arms and equipment to vetted rebel leaders and their units, in a move that may allow an expansion of U.S. aid. The U.S. announcement marked a departure from a previous program to train and equip units of fighters at sites outside of Syria, after that program's disastrous launch this year fanned criticism of President Barack Obama's war strategy. "Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is now directing the Department of Defense to provide equipment packages and weapons to a select group of vetted leaders and their units so that over time they can make a concerted push into territory still controlled by ISIL," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said in a statement, using an acronym for Islamic State.
One of three Americans who helped thwart a terror attack on a Paris-bound train was stabbed in his home state of California -- apparently after coming to a woman's rescue, authorities said. Airman Spencer Stone, 23, was stabbed in Sacramento after he got into a fight with a group of men as he was leaving a bar with friends, Ken Bernard, the city's deputy chief of police, told reporters.