December 16, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
LATAKIA, Syria – The Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria said on Saturday that the US are training a new batch of militants called the New Syrian Army at a refugee camp who will then be transferred to Syria’s south to fight the Syrian Army.
“Despite the statements from the American side about its adherence to elimination of the IS terrorist organization [ISIS], the “International Coalition” continues cooperating with the remaining terrorists in Syria,” the center said.
“The US instructors of the Special Operations Command tie up separate groups of militants at a training center new the refugee camp into new military units, called the New Syrian Army. The U.S. instructors, according to refugees returning home, are saying after the training the new units would be relocated to Syria’s south to fight the Syrian governmental forces there,” the center explained.
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“According to refugees returning home, the international coalition has been using that camp for more than six months as a training base for militants, who come there from Syria’s various districts. Most militants, the locals from the refugees camp say, used to be members of the terrorist groups, destroyed by the Syrian governmental forces – ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra,” the center continued to explain.
“As of today, at the camp are about 750 militants, who have come from Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor, Abu Kamal and the Euphrates’ eastern areas. The grouping’s base are more than 400 IS terrorists, who with support from the US fled Raqqa in a convoy in October,” the center revealed.
This suggests that despite US President Donald Trump withdrawing support for anti-government forces, it has not entirely given up in trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The new batch of fighters are unlikely to change events on the ground as the Syrian Army are in an inevitable position to entirely defeat terrorist forces in Syria.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.