Military: No, each Syrian rebel didn't cost $2 million to train


U.S. Central Command on Friday pushed back against reports that the Pentagon had spent $2 million per fighter before it overhauled its train-and-equip program in Syria, saying instead that the number is closer to $30,000 per graduate.

Col. Pat Ryder, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said the military has spent $384 million of the $500 million allocated by Congress for the project to train 180 fighters, 145 of which are still active in the fight.

But only about $5.4 million of that was spent on actual training, he said. The rest was spent on weapons and ammunition, which the U.S. still has and is dropping to the Syrian Arab Coalition under the revised plan to arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State.