Turkey to support training, equipping Syrian opposition, US says

October 10, 2014 19:44

WASHINGTON - Turkey has agreed to support the training and equipping of the moderate opposition in Syria, the US State Department said on Friday, saying a US military team would visit Ankara next week to discuss the matter.

"Turkey has agreed to support train-and-equip efforts for the moderate Syrian opposition," spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters in describing a visit to Turkey by the two senior US officials responsible for building a coalition to fight the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq."There will be a (US Defense Department) planning team traveling to Ankara next week to continue planning that through military channels," she added.

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