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The Syrian rebels who received an ammunition drop from the U.S. last month have made gains against the Islamic State, according to a U.S. military spokesman.

The success of the Syrian Arab Coalition in Al Hawl represents an early win for Obama's shifted strategy in Syria that has largely been plagued with problems, including a program to train and equip Syrian rebels that produced single digits of fighters in its first class.

The group gained more than 200 kilometers of ground against the Islamic State due to the new U.S. mission to equip Syrian rebels and means the U.S. will conduct more weapons drops, Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for Operational Inherent Resolve, told reporters on Wednesday.

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