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Gen Allen: Training Rebels to Fight ISIS 'Could Take Years'

Gen Allen: Training Rebels to Fight ISIS 'Could Take Years'

Retired four-star Marine Corps General John Allen, former commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, and current envoy to the Obama administration for the global coalition against ISIS admitted “it could take years” to train the Syrian rebels to fight ISIS in a preview of his interview with CNN Global Affairs Correspondent Elise Labott aired on Wednesday. 

“It is going to take a while. It could take years, actually. And so, we have to manage our expectations. But the process of getting that unfolded is occurring right now, with the idea of locating training camps, and beginning to accumulate the Syrian elements that will go into those training camps, ensuring that we’ve got the right kind of combination of trainers who can provide the substance that they’re going to need to be credible and capable fighters on the ground as time goes on” he stated on the prospect of turning the Syrian rebels into a reliable fighting force against ISIS.

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