Syrian ‘moderate’ rebels to receive training

A rebel fighter from the FSA during clashes against pro-Assad forces in Aleppo. File photo

ARA News 

Al-Hasakah, Syria – On Wednesday, the commander of the international coalition forces, General John Allen, said that the moderate Syrian opposition fighters will be trained in order to face both the Syrian regime forces and radicals of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL).

Allen told reporters in Washington that the Turkish government has taken “serious action” against foreign fighters crossing into Syria.

Furthermore, Allen reported that American fighter jets launched 14 air raids on Tuesday and Wednesday against IS militants in both Syria and Iraq.

In Kobane, the U.S.-led warplanes carried out eight air strikes against strongholds of IS radicals on Wednesday, and was able to destroy an IS-led combat unit, the control and command center of the group as well as military vehicles, according to the U.S. Central Command.

This coincided with the imminent arrival of the Peshmerga forces from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to the city of Kobane in order to participate in military operations alongside the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in order to repel attacks of the Islamic State.

The Central Command also pointed out that the American forces carried out six raids on IS locations in Iraq last night, targeting three IS headquarters near the city of Fallujah, and three others near Sinjar (Shingal) in Nineveh province in northern Iraq, and was able to destroy several combat units and two military vehicles.


Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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