Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement today saying they have a “tentative” agreement with the US to begin training Syrian rebels in March, finally starting a planned training program officials have previously said will take a year.
The plan, funded by the US Congress last year, is to create a whole separate Syrian rebel faction which would be the new “pro-US” faction in the Syrian Civil War.
The statement says that the agreement is only on the fact that they’re training the Syrian rebels, but that the US and Turkey still disagree on who they’re actually rebelling against.
The US has presented this group as being created to fight ISIS, while Turkey envisions it primarily being used to impose regime change on the Assad government’s territory in Syria’s southwest. The two nations have been at odds over which to attack first for quite some time.
Right now, it seems the plan is to just start the training in March, and figure out who to fight in the meantime.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- US Plans to 'Counter' Russia and China in Africa - December 13th, 2018
- Bolton: Trump Won't Meet Putin While Russia Holds Ukrainian Ships - December 13th, 2018
- Turkey Builds Up Military at Syria Border for Planned Offensive - December 13th, 2018
- Israel to Approve Thousands of Unauthorized West Bank Settler Homes - December 13th, 2018
- Yemen Talks End With Ceasefire Agreed for Hodeidah - December 13th, 2018