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Finally - and most significantly - at least two shipments of MANPADS have arrived into northern #Syria, to “vetted” FSA groups.

Oxford defines it as:

make a careful and critical examination of (something).

How does it fit into this context?

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Vetted refers to the FSA (Free Syrian Army) groups that are considered reliable.

  • If something is vetted, it is checked carefully to make sure that it is acceptable to people in authority. [mainly British] [be V-ed] :

    • He can find no trace of a rule requiring research to be vetted before publication. [be V-ed] ⇒ All objects are vetted by a distinguished panel of experts. [V n] ⇒ He had not been allowed to read any book until his mother had vetted it.

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    Vetted has the same meaning in the US. – Hot Licks Oct 9 '16 at 12:54

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