|Syrian Democratic Forces female fighters hold their weapons during a graduation ceremony in the city of Hasaka, northeastern Syria on 9 August 2017|
Another Military-Industrial Complex Project
- Mixed feelings. We had no business in Syria in the first place, but abandoning our Kurdish allies is not right either.
- But what business is it of ours to arm and fund an army inside another nation? This sounds like another of those projects of the Military-Industrial Complex to keep our fingers in everyone's business.
(Agence France-Presse) - The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said on Sunday it was working to create a 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria, drawing sharp condemnation from Turkey.
With the offensive against IS winding down, the coalition and its allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance were beginning to shift their focus to border security, coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon told AFP.
"There is a goal of a final force of approximately 30,000," about half of whom would be retrained SDF fighters, he said.
"There are approximately 230 individuals that are training right now in the border security force. That's an inaugural class," Dillon said.
Backed by the US-led coalition's air strikes, special forces advisers, and weapons, the SDF has ousted IS from swathes of northeastern Syria.
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|A fighter from Deir al-Zor military council which fights under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) holds the council's flag in the village of Abu Fas, Hasaka province, Syria September 9, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said|