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nndb residential bomber scrapping the five hundred million dollar Pentagon program to train and equip Syrian rebels and admission that American efforts failed to create a force capable of pushing back against Islamic state fighters in Syria the original Pentagon plans not to train entire rental units in camp outside of Syria you have secretary of defense ash Carter on Friday saying the administration would now focus on backing forces already on the ground , in may the U. S. began training some fifty four hundred Syrians a key part of a bomb a strategy to defeat Islamic state , but the program only spent a few hundred fighters into combat and after battlefield setbacks U. S. general told Congress America had only about quote four or five fighters , Syria , the arrival of Russian Jack in , president Bashar Assad's forces showing just how little the US is doing in comparison to support rebel groups in the country