Turkey plans to train 2,000 militants fighting in Syria at a military base in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir as part of a deal with the US, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirms.
According to the agreement, Turkish troops will train militants of the so-called Free Syrian Army while the US will provide them with equipment.
This came after US Vice President Joe Biden made a visit to Turkey over the weekend to discuss Turkey’s role in the US-led military coalition against the ISIL terrorist group operating in Syria and Iraq.
Turkish officials say 3,000 other militants fighting in Syria would be trained in several countries as part of the US-led coalition.
In a contradictory move, Turkish military sources say Ankara’s special forces will also train the Peshmerga fighters of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq.
On Friday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu promised support for Iraqi Kurdish forces fighting against the ISIL terrorists, adding, “Turkey will provide every [kind of] support for the security of the Kurdistan Regional Government.”
The ISIL terrorists currently control large areas of Iraq and Syria.
The militants have been carrying out horrific acts of violence including public decapitations against Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.