U.S. to provide protection to trained Syria rebels

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Rebel fighters gather along a street in the town of Babolin in Idlib countryside after retaking it from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – U.S. officials revealed on Monday that the United States will defend the trained Syrian rebels against any attack by pro-Assad forces. 

Officials told Reuters on Monday that U.S. President Barack Obama has taken a decision to use air force to defend the U.S.-backed moderate rebels in Syria against potential attacks by pro-Assad forces or other armed groups. 

The decision comes as the U.S. and Turkey discussed joint operations to clear a zone from militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) along the Turkey-Syria border.

Turkish officials urged the U.S. to be more serious about defending allied Syrian rebel factions.

Last week, militants of al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front reportedly abducted dozens of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels from the Division 30, including its leader Colonel Nadeem Hassan. 

In the wake of this operation, the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes conducted several airstrikes on Nusra positions north Syria, killing dozens of militants. 

American officials ruled out the possibility of Assad’s forces targeting U.S.-backed rebel factions, arguing that pro-Assad army hasn’t targeted any warplanes of the international coalition that have been bombing IS positions across Syria since months.  

Speaking to ARA News, Syrian political analyst Alaa Ahmed said: “Everyone knows that pro-Assad forces don’t dare to target the U.S.-backed opposition forces.”

“Otherwise, the U.S.-led coalition will hit headquarters of Syrian regime forces. This is the undeclared agreement between the coalition and Assad regime,”  Ahmed said. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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