Syria: media, U.S. training thousands of militants in Jordan

20 February, 13:24

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, FEBRUARY 20 - About 3,000 Syrian militants opposing the regime in Damascus and Islamist extremist movements have been trained by US forces in northern Jordan over the past eight months in cooperation with the Jordanian army and with other, unspecified Arab armies, according to Saudi pan Arab daily al Hayat, which is based in London. The paper cited sources with the Syrian armed opposition.

    The newspaper did not only quote anonymous sources but also the leader of a Syrian rebel brigade, Ali Rifai, operating in Tell Shihab, a southern region of Daraa bordering with northern Jordan. According to the source, the standard training of thousands of Syrian rebels defined as ''moderate'' in military bases of the Jordanian army has lasts between eight to 12 days.

    The training is monitored by US officers and focuses on the use of light and medium weapons like anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets.

    The same newspaper said that, according to sources with insurgents in the Daraa region, munitions and weapons from the Hashemite kingdom have recently arrived , in particular anti-tank grenades and rockets. (ANSAmed).

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