First US Troops Head to Middle East to Train Syrian Opposition

January 24, 2015 6:20 AM

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First US Troops Head to Middle East to Train Syrian Opposition

Washington: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 US troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the troops, mostly special operations forces, were authorized last week and would begin arriving in countries outside Syria in the coming days, with a subsequent wave of several hundred military trainers following in the weeks thereafter.

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