A recruit for the Western-backed Free Syrian Army tackles an obstacle course outside Damascus. Photo: Reuters A recruit for the Western-backed Free Syrian Army tackles an obstacle course outside Damascus. Photo: Reuters
A recruit for the Western-backed Free Syrian Army tackles an obstacle course outside Damascus. Photo: Reuters

CIA expands training programme for US-backed militias in Syria

Programme is producing only a trickle of fighters, and is being eclipsed by growing ranks of radical Islamists, some linked to al-Qaeda

A recruit for the Western-backed Free Syrian Army tackles an obstacle course outside Damascus. Photo: Reuters A recruit for the Western-backed Free Syrian Army tackles an obstacle course outside Damascus. Photo: Reuters
A recruit for the Western-backed Free Syrian Army tackles an obstacle course outside Damascus. Photo: Reuters
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