Obama still has confidence in U.S. General Austin: White House

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Posted: Sep 17, 2015 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama still has confidence in General Lloyd Austin and his leadership of the effort to fight Islamic State in Syria, the White House said on Thursday.

Austin told Congress on Wednesday that only four or five U.S.-trained Syrian rebels are still fighting in Syria.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration has not relied solely on training and equipping Syrian rebels to combat Islamic State militants.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter also has confidence in Austin, the Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards; Editing by Doina Chiacu)