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    The US Department of Defense will provide Syrian rebel leaders with equipment, weapons and air support, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war four and a half years ago, the United States and some of its allies have supported what they term "moderate" armed Syrian opposition factions, as they do not believe Syrian President Bashar Assad to be the country's legitimate authority.

    An international anti-Islamic State coalition, led by the United States, has been training some of these groups, as well as providing them with arms.

    "Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is now directing the Department of Defense to provide equipment packages and weapons to a select group of vetted leaders and their units so that over time they can make a concerted push into territory still controlled by ISIL. We will monitor the progress these groups make and provide them with air support as they take the fight to ISIL," the statement said.


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