Left alone against Syrian army, U.S-trained rebels cannot beat Islamic State: opposition

March 12, 2015 2:52 PM

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Left alone against Syrian army, U.S-trained rebels cannot beat Islamic State: opposition

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-trained rebels due to fight Islamic State will fail if they are not also protected from the Syrian army, the main Western-backed political opposition said on Thursday, after Washington said it might lack the legal authority to defend them from Syrian troops.

A fledgling U.S. military-led training program starting in coming weeks aims to train upwards of 5,000 fighters a year to battle the hardline militant group, also known as ISIS, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.

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