U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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The U.S. will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting ISIS, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, the Obama administration said Friday.Washington says Russian airstrikes in Syria are targeted primarily not at ISIS but at other rebel groups, including those that have received U.S. support.The Syrian rebel groups that have recently won favor with Washington include Sunni Arabs and Kurds as well as Syrian Christians, U.S. officials have said.The United States would also provide air support to rebels as they battle ISIS, Cook said.The official declined to say how many Syrian rebel leaders would be trained.The Pentagon did not name which groups would receive support.
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