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10 October, 2015

US admit the chaos that they brought in Middle East

Pentagon halts program to train new militant forces in Syria

The Pentagon plans to stop training new militant forces in Syria, in an acknowledgment that the $500-million program has failed to produce an effective proxy force in the war-torn country.

The beleaguered program — which managed to field only a handful of militants into the battle against Daesh (ISIL) in Syria at a cost of about $50 million — will be abandoned, senior Pentagon officials said on Friday. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that he “wasn't happy with the early efforts” of the program, “so we have devised a number of different approaches.”

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A senior Pentagon official told the New York Times that the United States would cease to recruit so-called moderate militants to go through training in Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates. Instead, the Pentagon plans to set up a less ambitious training center in Turkey, where a small cadre of “enablers” would be taught operational tactics such as how to call in airstrikes.

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