Britain may send troops to train Syrian rebels who are battling both Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces and Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL) militants, the Independent reports. This follows a similar abortive attempt in 2011.
The news comes as the Pentagon announced plans for a US-led campaign to train rebels, with the ambition of garnering support from the international community. To take on IS extremists, officials say an infantry of up to 15,000 fighters may be needed.
Jordan is considered a likely location for such training, as the UK already holds a base there at which it trains that country’s military. Peshmerga Kurdish fighters and the Free Syrian Army, which are seen as “moderate” Syrian opposition rebels, would be trained by CIA-funded security contractors.