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The program to train moderate Syrian rebels could involve as many as 1,000 American trainers and support personnel, the Pentagon said Friday. If all goes well, trained rebels could be back on the battlefield in Syria by the end of the year. Plans for the U.S. and others to train Syria's moderate opposition have dragged on for months as officials have struggled to work out details of the program and put together a vetting process to identify appropriate rebel groups and individuals who could receive the training. The law authorized the training and equipping of moderate Syrian rebels battling the extremists for two years, and provided $5 billion to train Iraqis battling the militants who brutally rule large sections of the two countries.Elsewhere, ISIS militants launched a fierce new attack against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Ain al-Arab four months into a battle for the flashpoint town on Turkey's border, a monitoring group said.
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