Pentagon to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian rebels

January 16, 2015 6:11 AM

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Pentagon to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is planning to deploy more than 400 troops to help train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State, along with hundreds of U.S. support personnel, a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters on Thursday.

The U.S. military has not yet identified where it will draw its forces from for the training mission, expected to begin in the spring at sites outside Syria, Colonel Steve Warren said. Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have offered to host the training.

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