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U.S. Training Yields Only 60 Syria Rebels So Far, Carter Says

The U.S. has trained only 60 rebels to fight Islamic State in Syria, falling far behind its goal of building a capable local ground force, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.

“This number is much smaller than we hoped for at this point,” Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing Tuesday, attributing the delay to U.S. screening standards for the Syrian fighters.