US struggling to train moderate Syrian rebels

A rebel fighter patrols the frontline during a battle against pro-government forces north of Aleppo, on December 18, 2014The US is struggling to implement its training program for moderate Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group, according to figures released Thursday by the Pentagon. Only “100 to 200” fighters have actively begun training at US sites in Jordan and Turkey, according to Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren, of the 5,000 forces the military says it wants to train over the year. Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter told a congressional committee Wednesday that it is difficult to find fighters that are both moderate and willing to take on the IS group as their primary foe.

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