October 10, 2015

Obama administration gives up on Syria plan

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Mashable

Journalist Colin Daileda

President Barack Obama's administration on Friday ended a program to train up to 15,000 moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State extremists before the program had really begun. 

The $500 million Defense Department program—announced more than a year ago—was initially sold as the best way for the United States to fight radicals on the ground, and the money was primarily meant for a group of moderate rebels known as the Free Syrian Army.

But the program was quickly shown to be better in theory than practice as many moderate Syrian rebels believed their main focus shouldn't be ISIS but the Assad regime which has killed many more people than ISIS. Even when U.S.-backed moderates did fight extremist groups, they were often easily outmanned and outgunned.

Read the full article at Mashable.


  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...