Media: Pentagon spent $ 500 million to train Syrian opposition forces

As part of the support and training of oppositional Syrian forces US authorities intended to train five thousand rebels, but failed to execute this plan because of the desertions and attacks by other militant groups.

MOSCOW, March 19 - RIA Novosti. The US Defense Department has closed last year’s program for the support and training of oppositional Syrian forces that cost the Pentagon $ 500 million and has not brought the expected results, writes in Foreign Policy magazine on Saturday.

According to the edition, the program began in the spring of 2015 and included the training of five thousand rebels to the end of the year, however, due to defections and attacks by other militant groups have been trained and fought against the group “Islamic state” (IG, banned in Russia) only a handful of fighters. “We are talking about four or five (fighters),” - said US Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, speaking Thursday at the hearing in the Armed Services Committee of the US Senate.

“The program was much less than expected”, - the representative office confirmed Christine Uormut, noting that only trained from 100 to 120 people.

Back in September 2015, Republican Senator John McCain said that the Pentagon’s plan to support units of the opposition, “divorced from reality”, the newspaper notes. However, the US military from the Special Forces continued to work with some Syrian opposition commanders, besides about 50 commandos working in Syria to assist in the fight against the IG.

The program, worth 500 million was closed in October, the report said Foreing Policy.

In 2016, the US Defense Department, with the approval of President Barack Obama introduced a new program to support the Syrian opposition, the newspaper notes.

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