Top general: Only a handful of US-trained Syrian fighters remain in battle against IS

September 17, 2015 8:09 AM

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US Central Command Commander Gen. Lloyd Austin III, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on ‘US military operations to counter the Islamic State in Iraq. Austin vowed to take “appropriate action” if an investigation indicates that senior defense officials altered intelligence reports on the Islamic State and other militant groups in Syria to exaggerate progress being made against the terrorist groups. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats lambasted the Obama administration's strategy to combat the Islamic State group after a top U.S. general admitted that just a handful of U.S.-trained Syrian rebels are still on the battlefield fighting the militants.

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