Obama administration abandons Pentagon program to train Syrian rebels

October 09, 2015

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October 09, 2015

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Obama administration abandons Pentagon program to train Syrian rebels

Friday, October 9, 2015 7:40 AM EDT

The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria.
Pentagon officials were expected to officially announce the end of the program on Friday, as Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter leaves London after meetings with his British counterpart, Michael Fallon, about the continuing wars in Syria and Iraq.
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