Western powers training Kurdish forces in northern Syria: Kurdish leader

Published September 10th, 2015 - 04:46 GMT

Western states have conducted training exercises in counter-terrorism with Kurdish security forces battling Daesh in northern Syria, marking a significant expansion of support to the Kurdish administration in Rojava, Reuters reported.

The head of Asayish, an internal security force with the Kurdish administration, told Reuters more than 450 of its members had received training in northern Syria in techniques such as how to deal with car bombs and booby-trapped buildings.

“Some Western states provided support and teams to provide training in Rojava,” the source said in an interview conducted with Reuters via Skype. He said the training took place in the last two months but declined to identify the countries or give further details.

“We appeal to all powers and neighboring states: Rojava needs support in training, equipment and technology,” he said.

Support for Kurdish forces in Syria is a sensitive topic for the West given NATO member Turkey’s anxiety over the expansion of Kurdish influence in the region.

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