U.S., Turkey soon to sign Syrian opposition train-and-equip deal




 
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February 18th, 2015  
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Topic: U.S., Turkey soon to sign Syrian opposition train-and-equip deal


ANKARA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Turkey have reached a tentative agreement to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition fighters and expect to sign the pact soon, U.S. and Turkish officials said on Tuesday with Ankara predicting a signing in days. The U.S. military has said it is planning to send more than 400 troops, including special operations forces, to train Syrian moderates at sites outside Syria as part of the fight against the Islamic State. The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the radios and GPS equipment would enable the fighters to call in airstrikes, but the officials told Reuters no authority had yet been granted for them to do so. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as Turkey, have publicly offered to host training sites.

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