400 US Troops to Train Syrian Opposition

January 16, 2015 7:19 AM

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The U.S. will deploy about 400 troops and hundreds of U.S. support personnel to train the moderate Syrian opposition as part of a greater effort to defeat the Islamic State militants who have taken control of parts of Syria and Iraq, defense officials said Thursday.

Training is expected to begin in early spring at sites outside of Syria including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, said Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. Officials have not clarified which services would provide the troops but coalition partners are also expected to send forces for the trai...

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