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Pentagon Ending Program to Train, Equip Syria Rebels



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    The Pentagon will announce Friday  the official end of its failed program to "train and equip" Syrian rebels and replace it with a far less ambitious program, NBC News reported.

    The "training" part of the program — which managed to field only "four or five" Syrian rebels in the battle against ISIS in Syria at a cost of about $50 million — will be halted, according to senior defense officials.

    Instead of combat training for the rebels, they will now be used as "enablers" to identify targets and call in airstrikes for U.S. and coalition warplanes.