BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 A.M.) – US-backed forces in Syria are to receive additional training by their American handlers in how to establish and maintain security throughout the country’s border areas with neighboring nations such as Iraq an Turkey.
According to US Army General Joseph Votel, head of CENTCOM (Central Command), US advisors and military support forces in Syria are planning on expanding their current training program for pro-Coalition militias to include specialization in border security.
The official rationale put forth by Votel for this proposed extension of US military support for Kurdish and Arab armed groups fighting on-side of the Coalition is the need to prevent the ‘resurgence of ISIS’ in areas recently liberated from the terrorist group. Syria’s borders are seen as particularly vulnerable in this regard.
At the present time Coalition-led forces in Syria holds border areas with Turkey and Iraq.
Following the capture of Raqqah from ISIS, US-backed militias have since turned their attention Syria’s southeast were they are currently engaged in battles with the along the eastern shore of the Euphrates River.