Only 60 Syrian Fighters Trained: US Military Falling Short of Goals

Now 11 months later, that cadre of 60 trainees is “much smaller than we'd hoped for at this point,” Carter said during testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is holding a hearing on the counter-ISIS strategy.

"We'd like to see more, and we're trying to get better at training them, because the number 60 is, as you all recognize, is not an impressive number." Carter blamed a difficult process of vetting viable candidates.