Turkey says training of Syrian opposition may start before March

Reuters News
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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 9:15 AM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey could begin training and equipping moderate Syrian opposition fighters before March, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.

The U.S. State Department said in October that Turkey had agreed to support the program, a core part of President Barack Obama's strategy in Syria to field local forces to hold and eventually roll back Islamic State insurgents.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Dominic Evans)