The Pentagon plans to train and arm 5,000 militants in Syria as part of the Obama administration’s long-term strategy to confront the ISIL terrorist organization.
President Barack Obama has requested $500 million from Congress to train and equip what Washington calls ‘moderate militants’ fighting both the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and ISIL militants.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said military planners were still working on the details of that plan including how to vet and recruit the ‘insurgents’.
“We think that, now that we’ve got a partner in the region to help us with the training, is that we could train more than 5,000 fighters over the course of one year,” he said Friday. “
Now, that would be in phases. It would not be all at once. The training itself would not take a…
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