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State Dept. 'frankly doesn't know' legal authority behind US airstrikes supporting Syrian rebels
Pentagon has been planning to have 3,000 fighters trained by the end of 2015, but according to WSJ finding “moderate” enough applicants without ties to hardline groups turned out to be a heavy task.
Reportedly, fewer than 60 fighters so far have been trained.
However, at least five of them were captured or killed in an Al-Nusra Front attack last week.
September will mark one year that the US-led coalition started bombing the positions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Still, some commentators claim that the US anti-IS campaign in Syria as nothing more than a move to eventually allow the US military to oust President Assad through less direct means.