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Beirut, Lebanon – Jordan’s Information Minister, Mohammed al-Momani, stated Monday that his country plans to train fighters from Arab tribes in both Syria and Iraq, to counter the threat of “terrorism” posed by the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the region.
At a press conference held in the Jordanian capital Amman, Momani said that country is drawing up plans for the training of Syrian and Iraqi fighters and members of the Peshmerga forces of Iraqi Kurdistan, to intensify the efforts aiming at eliminating the IS extremist group.
The Jordanian move comes within an extended training plan, in which some regional countries are involved, within the framework of the anti-terrorist U.S.-led international coalition composed of more than 60 countries.
The Jordanian Information Minister emphasized his country’s commitment to combating terrorism, saying that Jordan supports a political solution to the four-year-old crisis in Syria.
“All Syrian parties need to participate in negotiations in order to guarantee restoring safety and security to their war-torn country.”
Momani also explained that the training is aimed at assisting Syrian and Iraqi Arab tribes regain control of their lands and villages from the grip of terrorists.
The Jordanian minister concluded that his country needs at least $ 2.5 billion to cope with the economic burden resulting from receiving more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees in the territory of the Kingdom.
Noteworthy, on previous occasions, Jordan expressed its willingness to establish a training camp for “moderate” Syrian rebels on its territory in cooperation with the United States.
Reporting by: Salman Mohammed
Source: ARA News