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US Devises New Approach to Replace Syrian Opposition Training Program

© AFP 2023 / STAFF The Pentagon building in Washington, DC
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US President Barack Obama will thoroughly revise Washington’s approach to supporting Syrian rebel forces after this year’s troubled launch of a military training program, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said during a news conference in London.

A group of Syrian rebels supported by US politicians for their “moderate” position, and who received US military equipment, has disbanded after heavy losses. - Sputnik International
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"We have devised a number of different approaches," Carter was quoted as saying by Reuters.

According to the secretary, the new approach will focus more on enabling forces on the ground to fight against the Islamic State (ISIL) militants.
The formal decision will be announced later on Friday, he added.

Earlier, US media reported that the Pentagon had abandoned its multibillion dollar program on training and sending equipment to the so-called moderate Syrian opposition.

According to an unnamed official, the training of the opposition in Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates will be suspended and the rebels will be trained in a small center in Turkey.

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