The US military has begun training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey, in an effort to combat the so-called Islamic State, sources revealed to media. The reported move is an extension of a program that launched in Jordan weeks ago.
A US official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, didn’t elaborate on the size of the first group of recruits undergoing training, or when the instruction started.
The Pentagon declined to comment.
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Washington hopes the program will train around 5,000 Syrian fighters a year, giving US military partners on the ground to help combat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The training kicked off in Jordan earlier this month.
According to the Obama administration, the program aims to target only Islamic State forces – not troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. However…
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