U.S. Training Program in Syria Nets Only 4 or 5 Anti-ISIL Fighters

As turmoil in Syria continues to force an exodus of refugees, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East has acknowledged U.S. efforts to train troops to counter the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria have netted only a handful of fighters. Speaking before a Senate panel, General Lloyd Austin acknowledged the $500 million program has produced only four or five fighters currently battling ISIL.

Gen. Lloyd Austin: “It’s a small number. And the ones that are in the fight is — we’re talking four or five.”

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