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U.S. Spends $2 Billion to Train and Equip Opposition in Syria

The Pentagon program equipping Syrian rebel groups to fight against ISIS is costing more than $2 billion dollars, according to an investigation by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

The Pentagon started the major buy-up in September 2015 under President Obama. By May this year, it had already spent more than $700 million on AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launchers, mortars, and other weapons and ammunition.

More than $900 million has been contracted to be spent by 2022, and nearly $600 million more has been budgeted or requested by the Trump administration. This brings the grand total of the Pentagon’s intended spending on its Syrian allies to $2.2 billion.

We remind that several months ago Trump ended covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad militants in Syria.

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