May 27, 2015

Turkey, U.S. to provide air protection to Syrian rebels

Turkey and the U.S. have agreed in "principle" to provide air protection to Syrian rebels being trained and equipped to fight Islamic State militants, once they enter Syrian territory for battle.
The two countries agreed in February to train and equip up to 15,000 Syrians to add a credible ground force to an air bombing campaign against the militant group.
U.S. officials have said the aim is to train 5,000 Syrians a year for three years at a base in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir and at sites in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
While resisting Turkish pressure for the rebels to also target Syrian regime forces, U.S. officials have conceded that the recruits will have to defend themselves against all sides.

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