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US senators visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar to talk with royals about training Syrian rebels

  • In this Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, right, shakes hands with U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A delegation of U.S. senators led by McCain have met separately with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman and Qatar's emir, part of a regional tour focused on training Syrian rebels. As they met, hundreds of civilians fled rebel-held areas near Damascus that had been blockaded for over a year. (AP Photo/SPA)

    In this Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, right, shakes hands with U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A delegation of U.S. senators led by McCain have met separately with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Salman and Qatar's emir, part of a regional tour focused on training Syrian rebels. As they met, hundreds of civilians fled rebel-held areas near Damascus that had been blockaded for over a year. (AP Photo/SPA)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2009, file photo, Fayez, left, father of Imad Mughniyeh, and Jihad, the son of slain top Hezbollah's commander Imad Mughniyeh, attend a rally commemorating the first anniversary of Imad Mughniyeh's assassination in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. A Hezbollah official said Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, that an Israeli strike in the Syrian Golan Heights killed Jihad Mughniyeh and four other fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2009, file photo, Fayez, left, father of Imad Mughniyeh, and Jihad, the son of slain top Hezbollah's commander Imad Mughniyeh, attend a rally commemorating the first anniversary of Imad Mughniyeh's assassination in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. A Hezbollah official said Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, that an Israeli strike in the Syrian Golan Heights killed Jihad Mughniyeh and four other fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS JIHAD'S FATHER'S NAME TO IMAD - In this picture taken on Feb., 22, 2008, Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of slain top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, speaks during a rally to commemorate his father and two other leaders Abbas Musawi and Ragheb Harb, in the Shiite suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. A Hezbollah official said Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, that an Israeli strike in the Syrian Golan Heights killed Jihad Mughniyeh and four other fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    CORRECTS JIHAD'S FATHER'S NAME TO IMAD - In this picture taken on Feb., 22, 2008, Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of slain top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, speaks during a rally to commemorate his father and two other leaders Abbas Musawi and Ragheb Harb, in the Shiite suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. A Hezbollah official said Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, that an Israeli strike in the Syrian Golan Heights killed Jihad Mughniyeh and four other fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)  (The Associated Press)

A delegation of U.S. senators led by John McCain has met with Saudi Arabia's crown prince in the kingdom, where talks focused on the training of Syrian rebels.

A message on the official Twitter feed for McCain, a Republican from Arizona, said that the U.S. delegation also met Saturday with the head of the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition, Ahmed al-Jarba, and the commander of Saudi Arabia's training and equipment program. They also met in Qatar with the country's emir.

Saudi Arabia is part of a U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State group.

On Friday, the Pentagon said that as many as 1,000 U.S. troops and trainers would be sent to training sites in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to help arm and train select Syrian rebels.