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Turkey, US to begin training Syria «terrorists» Sunday
Agence France Presse ANKARA: The United States and Turkey will begin training and equipping thousands of «moderate Syrian rebel forces» on Sunday as part of a deal the two NATO allies signed last week, an official said. «I can say that the train-and-equip [program] will begin as of March 1,» Tanju Bilgic, spokesman for the Turkish foreign ministry, was quoted as saying by the state-run Anatolia news agency. After several months of negotiations, Ankara and Washington signed an agreement on February 19 to train and arm Syria’s anti-regime fighters. Turkey, an outspoken critic of Syrian President Bashar Assad, hopes rebel factions to be trained will battle the regime in Damascus as well as insurgents from ISIS who have seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria right up to the Turkish border.
The U.S. government hopes the first trained rebel forces…
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