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US halts failed program to train Syrian rebels

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Fajr al-Hurriya (Dawn of Freedom) Brigades mans a position during battles with jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) groupWashington was forced Friday to admit the failure of its plan to create Syrian rebel units to fight the Islamic State, vowing instead to arm select local leaders. White House and Pentagon officials insisted the “pause” in efforts to train Syrian fighters outside the country would allow them to re-focus their efforts elsewhere. Obama’s Republican foes, like Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, were quick to twist the knife.

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