Turkey Starts Vetting Fighters for U.S.-Backed Syria Rebel Unit

December 2, 2014 4:40 AM

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Turkish authorities have started vetting candidates for a beefed-up Syrian opposition force under a joint initiative with the U.S., according to a Turkish official with knowledge of the process.

The program will train as many as 5,000 fighters, another official said. The training will take place at a Turkish base near the central Anatolian city of Kirsehir before the recruits join the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details a...

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