Pentagon plans sharp scaledown in efforts to train Syrian rebels

October 9, 2015 12:56 PM

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The Pentagon plans to announce significant roll backs in the U.S. program to train and arm rebel factions in Syria, possibly shifting to more contacts with Kurdish forces that have battled the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday.

The change reflects widespread concerns over failures to mobilize a credible U.S.-backed fighting force among so-called moderate rebels opposing the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is now supported by Russian military power.

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