A $500m effort to train Syrian forces against the Islamic State has resulted in only a handful of fighters actively battling the jihadi army – the top military commander overseeing the war has testified.
‘We’re talking four or five’ General Lloyd Austin – commander of US Central Command told a dissatisfied Senate armed services committee on Wednesday.
The training initiative is Barack Obama’s linchpin for retaking Syrian territory from Isis. The Pentagon anticipated in late 2014 that it would have trained 5,000 anti-Isis Syrian rebels by now.
‘The program is much smaller than we hoped’ conceded the Pentagon’s policy chief Christine Wormuth – saying there were between 100 and 120 fighters currently being trained.
(ed:..um..!..isn’t this what we are risking lives/spending large dollops of taxpayer money doing..?
..surely it is past time for some questions in parliament about this..?
..what a total clusterfeck…!..
..$500 million for five fighters..are u kidding me..?..)