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October 9, 2015 10:18 am

Obama Admin Ends $500 Million Pentagon Program to Train Syrian Rebels

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The Obama administration ended its program to train and  equip Syrian rebels. Photo: Pete Souza/White House.

The Obama administration ended its program to train and equip Syrian rebels. Photo: Pete Souza/White House.

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.

Read full story at The New York Times.

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