US only training 60 fighters to battle Daesh in Syria

Published July 7th, 2015 - 04:08 GMT

As of June 3, the United States was only training about 60 Syrian opposition fighters to battle Daesh, far below expectations, Reuters cited Defense Secretary Ash Carter as saying.

Speaking to Congress on Tuesday, Carter said the low number was partly due to a vigorous vetting process of new recruits, Reuters reported.

"We are looking for ways to streamline our train and equip program's vetting process to get more recruits into the training pipeline," Carter told a Senate hearing in prepared remarks.

"We are also refining our curriculum, expanding our outreach to the moderate opposition, and incorporating lessons learned from the first training class."


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