Barack Obama: Vladimir Putin not leading in Syria fight – CNN International

The interview was taped Tuesday prior to the announcement from the Department of Defense that the program was being suspended Friday.

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“One of the challenges that I’ve had throughout this — heartbreaking situation inside of Syria is, is that — you’ll have people insist that, you know, all you have to do is send in a few — you know, truckloads full of arms and people are ready to fight. And then when you start a train and equip program and it doesn’t work, then people say, ‘Well, why didn’t it work?'”

Obama added that the situation in Syria is volatile and complicated with many players and there are no “silver bullets” to easily solve the problems.

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