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VOA English Newscast: 1900 UTC October 9, 2015


A rebel fighter from the "First Battalion" under the Free Syrian Army takes part in a military training on June 10, 2015, in the rebel-held countryside of the northern city of Aleppo.

A rebel fighter from the "First Battalion" under the Free Syrian Army takes part in a military training on June 10, 2015, in the rebel-held countryside of the northern city of Aleppo.

From Washington, this is VOA News.

I'm David Byrd reporting.

The United States decides to stop training opposition Syrian rebels. The Obama administration is "pausing" and "evolving" a $500 million Pentagon-led program to train and equip rebels fighting Islamic State militants.

The operation will shift away from vetting moderate Syrian rebels and training them in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE (United Arab Emirates).

Instead, the program will provide air support and basic equipment and training to vetted opposition group leaders, according to the White House.

The Pentagon-led train and equip program had only trained a few dozen fighters -- much fewer than the original goal of thousands.

Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says Russia is taking the wrong approach in Syria by supporting embattled President Bashar al Assad.

Speaking in London, Mr. Carter said Russia is putting its troops and its citizens at risk by supporting the Syrian leader.

“By taking the side of Assad against all opponents in Syria, Russia has - as we have said repeatedly - made itself a target.”

The U.S. Defense Secretary said that by inflaming the kind of extremism represented by the Islamic State, Russia has suffered inside its own borders.

The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its "decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011."

The Nobel Prize committee announced the award in Oslo, Norway, on Friday.

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Words in This News

pausing – v. stopping for a time or temporarily

evolving – v. changing or developing slowly

shift – v. to move or cause to move to a different position

vetting – v. investigating someone carefully

basic – adj. relating to the most important part of something

according – transitive verb. bringing into agreement

dozen – n. a group of 12 people or things

original – adj. relating to the beginning

meanwhile - adv. at or during the same time

approach – n. a way of dealing with something

embattled – adj. involved in a battle or conflict

inflaming – v. causing someone or something to become angry or violent

contribution – n. the act of giving something or something given

pluralistic - adj. relating to the belief that different groups of people should work together

in the wake of – expression. as a result of

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