How 400 #US Troops Will Train #Syria’s Moderate Opposition to Fight ISIS – ABC News #RegimeChange #MiddleEast

Up to 400 American military trainers will begin this spring the next phase in the U.S. strategy against ISIS, training Syrian moderate rebels to fight the militant group inside Syria, Pentagon officials said today.

But which rebels will be trained by the U.S. military has yet to be decided as the Pentagon continues to develop a screening program that would ensure that trainees don’t end up siding with extremist forces in Syria.

“Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar have agreed to host training sites and we anticipate the program to train and equip the moderate Syrian opposition will take approximately 400 U.S. trainers,” said Commander Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokesperson.

The training program will be launched in early spring and the number of U.S. troops involved will grow as the trainers will also be accompanied by an undetermined number of support forces, officials said. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon Press Secretary, told reporters that including the support forces, the number of American troops involved could reach 1,000.

Some of the additional support troops will provide security for the American trainers to protect them from an insider attack, Kirby said. “We’ve learned the hard way that you know, that’s something we’ve got to be ever-vigilant on,” he said.

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Since late 2012, the CIA has been training small groups of Syrian opposition fighters in Jordan, U.S. officials said, but the training program to be run by the U.S. military is much larger in scope.

Initial plans call for a program of 300 trainees per class with the expectation that 5,400 fighters will be trained in the following 12 months. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said in congressional testimony that as many as 18,000 fighters may be needed inside Syria to have an impact against ISIS.

Each group will receive military training for 6 to 8 weeks before being reinserted into Syria, officials said, noting that the American trainers will most likely be special operations forces experience in training foreign militaries.

The training program is the last of the Obama administration’s three-part strategy to counter ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The first step was an airstrike campaign to halt the extremist group’s territorial advances inside Iraq and blocking its training and supply network inside Syria. The airstrikes were intended to buy time for the U.S. to restore Iraq’s military capability to a point where they could launch a major offensive against ISIS — the second part of the strategy.

These two parts of the “Iraq First” strategy have resulted in more than 1,821 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria and the presence of up to 3,100 American troops inside Iraq who will train, advise and assist Iraqi forces.

The third part of the plan was to carefully develop a training program where moderate opposition fighters would be trained in the region by American trainers. U.S. military planners have worked for months to find countries willing to host the training and develop a screening process to vet potential trainees.

While the administration’s focus has been on developing a force that would fight ISIS inside Syria, Syrian opposition leaders have said that the training should be focused on fighting the military forces of the Assad regime. Turkey has made it clear that any fighters trained there will have no limitations on fighting the Assad regime.

But Pentagon officials have said that trained fighters will initially return to Syria in a defensive role to protect their home areas and provide stability for areas under opposition control. After that they will move into a more offensive role to fight ISIS, though there are no guarantees that they could not use their training against Assad’s forces.

Precise details of when the training will begin are still unclear as the screening of recruits has yet to begin. According to Smith, once potential recruits are identified by name they will undergo a screening process that could last as much as 30 days.

“We’ve identified numerous groups that we believe are suitable for training based on our current understanding of the environment and we continue to evaluate the situation,” Smith said.

Monitoring of trainees will continue inside Syria “once the trainees have returned to the battlefield in Syria. We cannot disclose the details of our sources and methods to conduct this monitoring,” Smith said.
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One Response to How 400 #US Troops Will Train #Syria’s Moderate Opposition to Fight ISIS – ABC News #RegimeChange #MiddleEast

  1. darius90 says:

    RED ALERT: US-Turkey will train more cutthroats to erase the Syrian people’s sovereignty ~ [UPDATED_2]
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/report-42627/
    https://syria360.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/us-easing-into-war-with-syria-using-isis/
    Who Makes Up the “Islamic Emirate”? http://www.voltairenet.org/article185364.html

    Turkey’s intrusion into Syrian territory (with the excuse to relocate the tomb of Suleyman Shah) proves its connection with Daesh
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/report-42632/

    obama AND THE RULERS OF TURKEY ARE PUPPETS OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2011/may/24/barack-obama-uk-state-visit-in-pictures
    http://hillbuzz.org/barack-obama-was-high-on-cocaine-during-the-missing-hours-of-the-benghazi-attack-last-september-90072

    ” (R to L) Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2nd R) kicks a ball as his wife Emine Erdogan and Queen Elizabeth II amongst other guests attend a garden party held for the Queen’s birthday at the British Embassy on May 16, 2008 in Ankara, Turkey. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are in Ankara for a four day state visit to Turkey, the Queen’s first visit to Turkey for 37 years.
    (May 16, 2008 ….” http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/2sG70uzyZa8/Queen+Duke+Edinburgh+During+Their+State+Visit/qdxFjAPANkj/Recep+Tayyip+Erdogan

    ” Elizabeth II greets the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine during an audience at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain – 31 Mar 2011 ” http://www.rexfeatures.com/set/1302273

    ALSO THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF TURKEY abdullah gül WAS IN GOOD RELATIONS WITH THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II.
    ” President Abdullah Gül was presented with the 2010 Statesman of the Year Award from Chatham House, home of the Royal Institute of International Relations, by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony. ”
    http://www.tccb.gov.tr/pages/visits/gb-exclusive/chatham-house/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvxOA_NzL08
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdullah_G%C3%BCl

    ahmet davutoğlu, THE CURRENT PRIME MINISTER OF TURKEY, HAS ALSO RELATIONS WITH THE BRITISH CROWN.

    ” Davutoğlu (C) at the Chatham House International Roundtable, İstanbul, September 2012 with Suzan Sabancı Dinçer (L) and Dr Robin Niblett (R) ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmet_Davuto%C4%9Flu

    CHATHAM HOUSE IS CONTROLLED BY THE QUEEN ELIZABETH II.
    STUART POPHAM, CHAIRMAN OF CHATHAM HOUSE, ” WAS MADE QUEEN’S COUNSEL (HONORIS CAUSA) IN 2011.”
    http://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/stuart-popham-qc
    http://jhaines6.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/presstv-uks-hague-car-bombers-are-us-by-finian-cunningham/
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/most-bloody-jihadists-are-uk-extremists/

    THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY IS CONNECTED WITH THE ROTHSCHILDS.

    1) JACOB ROTHSCHILD “is also a Member of the Council for the Duchy of Cornwall for HRH The Prince of Wales…”, a “Trustee of the Prince of Wales’ Prince’s Charities Foundation. ” and in ” 2002 awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen. Members of the Order are limited in number to 24 and the order is given to those who have rendered exceptionally meritorious service in the field of the arts, learning, literature and science ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild
    ” Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, President, Arts and Business awards The Prince of Wales Medal for Philanthropy 2013 to Lord Jacob Rothschild, one of the five recipients, during a ceremony on December 11, 2013 in London, England. ” http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Prince+Charles/Jacob+Rothschild/Reception+Held+Prince+Charles+London/08Isgaq04Qa
    http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/madeleine-mccann-cover-up-lelievre.html http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/royal-weddings/british-royal-weddings/wedding-of-prince-charles-and-camilla-parker-bowles/

    2) BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD AND HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD, OWNERS OF THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD GROUP, ARE BIG FRIENDS OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY BUT THEY LIKE TO KEEP HIDDEN THIS FRIENDSHIP. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_de_Rothschild_Group http://www.vb.com/chanel/rothschild.htm

    BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD AND ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD WERE PRESENT TO THE CELEBRATION OF THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARK CHARITY TOGETHER WITH THE DUKE AND THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE UNDER THE NAME “BARON AND BARONESS DE ROTHSCHILD”. http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/201106105582/william-kate-ark-gala-dinner/

    3) EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD ” In 1989, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, for whom he serves as a financial adviser. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Robert_de_Rothschild
    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/sir-evelyn-and-lady-de-rothschild-with-bill-and-hillary-news-photo/104183227 http://aangirfan.blogspot.fr/2012/10/savile-royalty-barak-clinton.html

    4) ERIC DE ROTHSCHILD IS ANOTHER BIG FRIEND OF THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY.
    ” Queen Elizabeth II meets (L to R) Sir Evelyn De Rothschild, Lady Rothschild and Baron Eric De Rothschild during a reception at St James’s Palace in London to mark the 350th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Jewish community in Britain on November 28, 2006 in London, England. ” http://www.gettyimages.nl/detail/news-photo/queen-elizabeth-ii-meets-sir-evelyn-de-rothschild-lady-nieuwsfotos/72668835

    5) ” Marie-Helene de Rothschild was the wife of Baron Guy de Rothschild [father of DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD AND EDOUARD DE ROTHSCHILD], head of the famous banking family. She was well known in France for her lavish hospitality and in particular for some magnificent balls she gave in the 1960s and 1970s at the Chateau de Ferrieres. …Her greatest triumph was the Proust Ball in December 1971, in celebration of the centenary of the reclusive author’s birth. …The guests came in costume and were photographed by Cecil Beaton, adorned as the photographer Nadar. Beaton set up a special studio for the occasion, taking portraits of Marisa Berenson as the Marchesa Casati, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Grace of Monaco and Elizabeth Taylor. The DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, described by Beaton that night as “a mad Goya”, was bedecked with a large blue feather. …The QUEEN visited the Rothschild stud privately on her visit to Normandy in 1967…. ” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-mariehelene-de-rothschild-1341658.html http://www.rothschild.com/David_de_Rothschild/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edouard_Etienne_de_Rothschild http://moutet.blogspot.de/1996/10/crown-prince-at-house-of-rothschild.html
    http://www.vb.com/chanel/rothschild.htm http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Edouard+de+Rothschild/Gucci+Paris+Masters+2012+Opening+Day/T3NwWmxHTNA
    http://www.architecturaldigest.com/blogs/the-aesthete/2012/05/bill-willis-book

    6) ” Stavros also frequents an old Medici family Palace/estate near Turin where the DUKE OF EDINBURGH and Baron Elie de Rothschild [father of NATHANIEL DE ROTHSCHILD] like to go and shoot birds. ”
    http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/the_onassis_bloodline.htm http://wikibin.org/articles/nathaniel-robert-de-rothschild.html http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/node/2354/print
    http://www.gettyimages.nl/detail/nieuwsfoto/baron-elie-de-rothschild-his-wife-liliane-his-brother-nieuwsfotos/106499527

    ” American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh says Turkey was behind last year’s sarin gas attack carried out by foreign-backed insurgents in Syria.
    In a report published on Sunday in the London Review of Books, Hersh claimed Turkey staged the gas attack to provoke a US war on Syria. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan was known to be supporting the al-Nusra Front, an insurgent group fighting the Syrian government, he said…..”
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/turkey-behind-syria-sarin-attack-american-investigative-journalist-seymour-hersh/
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-27/here-youtube-false-flag-attack-syria-clip-erdogan-wanted-banned
    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/03/24/kessab-targeted-al-qaeda-front-groups-cross-border-attack-from-turkey.html
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-nato-water-war-against-syria-turkey-suspends-pumping-euphrates-water/5386059
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/the-turkish-airline-is-transporting-terrorists/
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/erdogan-orders-to-its-mercenaries-to-take-control-of-the-aleppo-castle-their-future-grave/
    http://www.infowars.com/video-isis-militants-moving-freely-in-istanbul/
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/turkish-anti-missiles-shield-facilities-of-kurecik-to-protecting-nato-lobbies-and-zionist-entity/
    https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/turkish-army-physicians-are-treating-injured-mercenary-terrorists-in-turkey-and-daesh-isil-controlled-areas/
    http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/11/06/assad-advisor-with-political-will-syrian-crisis-over-in-2-weeks.html

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