US to abandon training new Syria
The US is to end its efforts to train new Syrian
rebel forces and says it will shift to providing
equipment and weapons to existing forces.
Its $500m (£326m) programme was heavily
criticxsed after it emerged that UStrained rebets had
handed vehwc‘es and ammunition over to extremjsts.
It emerged last month that only four or five of the
ﬁghters were in Syria,
The programme had aimed to train and equip 5.400
ﬁghters thxs year and a further 15,000 in 2016.
A semor admmistration oﬁwcwal sad the programme
was being put on “pause" and sad wt could be