On 26 June 2014, the White House published ‘The Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 Overseas contingency Operations (OCO) Request.’ In it, the intention to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition was made known. Here is an excerpt from the document:
“We also intend to ramp up U.S. support to the moderate Syrian opposition. We are therefore requesting $500 million for a proposed authority to train and equip vetted elements of the Syrian armed opposition to help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control, facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats, and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement.
The Administration will develop the details of this envisioned program in consultation with the Congress and our international partners.”
You can read the whole document here: http://m.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/26/fact-sheet-administration-s-fiscal-year-2015-overseas-contingency-operat