According to the New York Times, the Obama administration has announced a major policy change for the US involvement in Syria. The United States will no longer provide weapons and training to vetted rebel groups.
According to The Times piece:
The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon’s $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria.
Pentagon officials announced the end of the program on Friday, as Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter left London after meetings with his British counterpart, Michael Fallon, about the continuing wars in Syria and Iraq.
The news comes just days after it was alleged that an increased Russian military presence in the area was targeting US backed rebels along with ISIS fighters in their bombing runs.
The program has been widely criticized since its inception. Reports have surfaced of rebels taking US training and weapons and then completely disappearing. Other US trained rebels were easily defeated by opponents.
The President is set to speak about the change in policy some time on Friday.