Turkey and U.S. ready to train Syrian moderate rebels


Syrian rebel forces to receive training from U.S., Turkey. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – Spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Tanju Bilgiç, said Tuesday that they had finalized negotiations with the United States regarding the training of moderate Syrian rebels. 

Bilgiç said during a press conference at the Turkish Foreign Ministry headquarters in Ankara that officials of the two countries will sign protocols of cooperation in training the Syrian opposition fighters immediately upon completion of technical preparations.

“The agreement implies starting the training program in March,” Bilgiç stated. pointing out that the plan will be announced after the completion of all preparations. 

The United States had announced earlier its willingness to train nearly 15,000 fighters of what they described as “moderate” Syrian armed opposition –who will form the basic ground forces in fighting the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) inside Syrian territory. 

However, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary Forces and the Opposition (SNC) as well as a number of leaders in the military council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) emphasized  the necessity to target Assad regime and allied Shiite militias alongside the IS group.  

The Syrian political and military opposition warned Western allies that they will refuse to cooperate if the plan remains restricted to fighting solely against IS.


Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser

Source: ARA News

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