The American troops will be deployed starting in early spring on six- to eight-week missions in three countries — Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia — as part of the Obama administration’s plan to expand training for moderate Syrian terrorists.
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The mission would be led by the military and complement a modest CIA training program, based on what was authorized by the White House more than a year ago.
“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, with the caveat that this number could fluctuate based on course load, course requirements and other variables,” said Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman.
“We also anticipate that the trainers will have enablers. We expect to begin training in early spring.”
American involvement in the battle against ISIS has been more robust in Iraq, where the government has requested assistance. American planes have conducted numerous bombing missions in both countries.