U.S. military starts training Syria fighters to combat Islamic State




 
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May 7th, 2015  
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By Dasha Afanasieva and Phil Stewart ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has started training Syrian fighters to combat Islamic State militants, officials said on Thursday, adding the program had begun in Jordan and would soon launch in Turkey. The U.S. plan to train and arm a force that is expected to eventually total more than 15,000 troops is a major test of President Barack Obama's strategy in Syria, which critics say is too limited to influence events. The Pentagon declined comment. Some rebel leaders say the force risks sowing divisions and cannot succeed without directly targeting Syrian government forces.

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