US is training 60 Syrian opposition soldiers

Defense Secretary Ash Carter talks on Congress that U.S. only training 60 Syrian opposition soldiers and it is far below expectations

US is training 60 Syrian opposition soldiers

World Bulletin / News Desk 

The United States was only training about 60 Syrian opposition soldiers to battle ISIL as of July 3, far below expectations, partly due to rigorous U.S. vetting of recruits, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday.

"We are looking for ways to streamline our train and equip program's vetting process to get more recruits into the training pipeline," Carter told a Senate hearing in prepared remarks.

"We are also refining our curriculum, expanding our outreach to the moderate opposition, and incorporating lessons learned from the first training class."

The program, which was launched in May in Jordan and later in Turkey, had aimed to train as many as 5,400 people a year.

Last Mod: 07 Temmuz 2015, 17:22
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