Pentagon: U.S. to begin training, equipping moderate Syria rebels

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FSAThe U.S. military will deploy 400 trainers and hundreds more troops in a train-and-equip mission for Syrian rebel forces, the Pentagon said Friday.

This is part of an Obama administration plan to expand training for factions of moderate Syrian rebels.

Those groups are battling forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and extremist groups like ISIS, as well as others linked to al Qaeda.

The mission would be led by the military and complement a modest training CIA program, based on what was authorized by the White House more than a year ago.

“There is growing recognition that the Assad regime is an enabler of extremism,” Oubai Shahbandar, an adviser to the Syrian Opposition Council, said in May.

“The decision to expand support to opposition forces to include an expanded American training program for the moderate Free Syrian Army reflects positively on the growing strategic cooperation between the U.S. and the Syrian opposition,” Shahbander said.

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9 responses to “Pentagon: U.S. to begin training, equipping moderate Syria rebels”

  1. arzatna1 Avatar

    Finally after nearly 4 years of begging Obama to do something.
    What a shame it took so long , when it has been obvious all along that FSA is the only hope for Syria and needed help to fight against Assad and the al Qaeda groups

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      It’s like ASSad said … ‘You should have listened to me.’ … NOW, they ARE. :-)))

  2. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar
    TheUSequalsTheIS

    they funded al-qaeda for 4 decades and the isis for 4 yrs and now they wanna fund even more jihadists. why will they never learn?

    1. arzatna1 Avatar

      You are repeating what Assad and Iran have been saying .
      Had Obama helped the Free Syrian Army right from the beginning , the situation in Syria and Iraq would have been totally different today .

      1. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar
        TheUSequalsTheIS

        but they didnt. instead they funded the isis.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          oh poop … same tired old lines …
          Out of the original 22 million, isn’t there ANY head in that place screwed on right?
          Some among the 12 million gone?

          1. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar
            TheUSequalsTheIS

            there is nothing wrong with the 22 million syrians. Thats why they had a peaceful country before 2,000,000 FOREIGN jihadists came along and f***ed up their country. and btw those foreigners included many frenchmen actually.
            when hollande sent them to syria to level that country to the earth, he never thought they would turn against him eventually.
            in other words france made its own bed 😉
            but i dont think hollande is that stupid, he certainly let this happen for a reason but i yet dont know for what reason.

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