75 US-trained terrorists enter Syria via Turkey: Report
Dozens of militants, who were newly trained by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh Takfiris, have entered Syria from Turkey, a report says.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a report on Sunday that 75 militants have crossed into northern Syria over the past few days in a convoy of a dozen cars with light weapons and ammunition.
The militants that were “trained in a camp near the Turkish capital, entered Aleppo province between Friday night and Saturday morning,” said SOHR Director Rami Abdel Rahman.
They were later assigned to the so-called Division 30 and Suqur al-Jabal (Falcons of the Mountain), two units for the US-trained forces.
The US-led train-and-equip program in Turkey was launched in May to train up to 5,400 so-called moderate militants a year in the alleged battle against Daesh in Syria.
Washington claims that the USD-500-million mission aims only to target Daesh elements. Analysts, however, argue that the project actually seeks to create more chaos in Syria and weaken the Syrian government.
Before the new dispatch of militants to Syria, the program had only managed to train some 60 militants.
Last month, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem slammed the US for making a distinction between the Takfiri groups fighting against the Damascus government, saying, “For us in Syria, there is no such thing as moderate or non-moderate opposition. Whoever that takes up arms against the Syrian state is a terrorist.”
Since September 2014, the US, along with some of its allies, has purportedly been conducting airstrikes against Daesh extremists inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
The airstrikes in Syria are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against alleged Daesh positions in Iraq, which started in August 2014. Many have criticized the ineffectiveness of the raids.
This is while many members of the same US-led alliance have been among the staunch supporters of the terrorist groups operating to topple the Syrian government over the past four years.