Costly Rebel-Training Program Raises Questions About Effectiveness

Millions of dollars have gone into the training program that some are calling a failure; military says it is trying to fix the problem.
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David? Before the debate even begins. Tom llamas tonight outside the Reagan library. Let's get right to Jonathan Karl, because, Jon, some of the candidates have watched their through tonight. Reporter: It's not just their poll Numbers. It's the money, David. Some of the candidates H correspondent Martha Raddatz. Stunning Numbers, Martha, given the millions of dollars already spent. Reporter: They sure are, David. The jig fursfigures are draw-dropping. Take a look at the Numbers. The goal of this $500 million program? 5,400 trained fighters in the first year. So far, we have spent $42 million on the program. And as you said, just four or five trained rebels still in the fight. That's about $10 million per fighter. That's just incredible. Why is this going so poorly, Martha? Reporter: Well, vetting and training is extremely difficult. And there are no U.S. Troops with rebels once they're inside Syria. But clearly, the training is not working. One senator today called this a total failure. The military says they are trying to fix it. David? More though come on this. Martha Raddatz live in Washington. Martha, thank you.

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