Ian Bach

Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007

U.S. Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia plan to train more rebels this spring

It amazes me that the world seems to have their heads in the sand. These same countries that trained many ISIS militants now plan to train and arm more militants. They say this is to fight ISIS. But we know from experience that these so called “Moderate Rebels” are anything but moderate. All are Sunni Arab and All want to overthrow the secular (any religion is ok) Nation of Syria and create a Sunni Arab Islamic State. But I think we all know these groups are more interested in overthrowing the Syrian governemnt than fighting ISIS. Also it is most likely that these countries who have been waging their war on Syrian for the past 3+ years are training these guys for the same reason to overthrow the Secular government of Syria. Syria posed no threat to the U.S. and the west., But these groups that Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the U.S. have been training and arming are a threat to the U.S. and the west. –  Ian Bach

By Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press

— The long-awaited coalition program to train the Syrian moderate opposition could begin by early spring, and officials are beginning to identify individual fighters who could participate, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, also said for the first time that the U.S. military is conducting several investigations into reported civilian casualties that may have occurred in the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against Islamic State militants. He said he had no additional information on the incidents, but military leaders said earlier that they were unaware of any civilian deaths resulting from the bombings.

The effort to train Syrian rebels is part of the overall campaign to defeat the Islamic State militants who seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq. Kirby said that once the training program gets up and running it may require additional U.S. forces to assist with the instruction. He did not provide details on how many. Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have agreed to provide training locations.

The U.S. is involved in a plan to train both moderate Syria rebels and to train and assist Iraqi security forces in order to beat back the Islamic State militants’ rampage in both countries.

Kirby said IS momentum in Iraq has stalled and IS fighters have largely been in a defensive posture for several weeks.

“Whatever momentum they had been enjoying has been halted, has been blunted. That has stayed steady over the last couple of weeks,” Kirby said. “It’s very much a contested environment, but what we don’t see, what we haven’t seen in the last several weeks has been any renewed offensive moves.”

He added that there are still a number of areas controlled or threatened by the IS group, including Mosul and parts of Anbar province in Iraq and portions of northern Syria, including Kobani.

U.S. forces have been flowing into Iraq to conduct training. About 170 troops from the 1st Infantry Division began training Iraqi forces in late December at Taji, north of Baghdad. And there are about 320 U.S. troops at al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, training members of the Iraqi Army’s 7th Division. Those U.S. troops are mostly Marines and they started the training on Dec. 20.

As of this week, there are about 2,140 U.S. troops in Iraq to train, advise and assist the Iraqis and provide security for the American forces. President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of a total of 3,000 U.S. troops to Iraq, and Kirby said the remainder of that force should arrive in the country in the next four to six weeks.

On the civilian casualties, Kirby referred reporters to Central Command for details such as the number of alleged deaths and when they came to Central Command’s attention. Officials at Central Command said they were unable to immediately provide answers but were preparing a statement with further details.

As recently as last month, Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, the top commander of the coalition that is fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, told reporters at a Pentagon news conference that his organization is extremely careful and deliberate about its targeting.

“We have some great capability in terms of precision,” Terry said, speaking of airstrikes in Iraq and efforts to avoid hitting either civilians or friendly Iraqi forces. “To date, we’ve got a very good record. I am tracking no civilian casualties.”

About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

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