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Pentagon Overhauling Its Failed Syrian Rebel Training Program

Fox News [1] reported:

The Obama administration is overhauling its struggling program to train and equip Syrian rebel fighters, effectively replacing it with a much smaller effort to supply “a select group of vetted leaders.”

A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that the military is ending the current training program.

In a written statement, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook acknowledged “challenges” in the effort and said Defense Secretary Ash Carter is now directing DOD 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.”