Pentagon reduced its training program
US President Barack Obama has approved several changes to the training program and equipment of moderate Syrian rebels , suspended since late September due to insignificant results, announced Friday in London, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
“We considered several options for the future,” said Ashton Carter at a press conference with his British counterpart Michael Fallon.
“More fighting capabilities”
The United States will no longer try to cause anti-Islamic groups Syrian state but focus on the provision of equipment and weapons to rebel groups of handpicked chefs, according to a US official of the Ministry of Defence. “Previously, it was to train infantry units, we are now moving towards a model that will provide more combat capabilities,” according to a US defense official.
Launched earlier this year by the United States, training and equipment program, endowed with $ 500 million, was to involve about 5,000 a year for Syrian rebels fighting the Syrian government group Islamic (EI). But its beginnings were disastrous: he has so far helped train two groups of 54 and 70 fighters. And in July, the first group was attacked by Al-Nosra, the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda.
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