Syrians to be trained to defend territory, not take ground from jihadists, officials say

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran, October 23, 2014

The Syrian opposition force to be recruited by the U.S. military and its coalition partners will be trained to defend territory, rather than to seize it back from the Islamic State, according to senior U.S. and allied officials, some of whom are concerned that the approach is flawed.

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