Det lyder som en dårlig vits. Obama-administrasjonen inngår en avtale med Tyrkia om å trene krigere fra den frie syriske hær, FSA. Tyrkia har drevet et dobbeltspill i Syria, ikke minst gjennom å bekjempe kurderne.
Det gjelder i enda høyere grad Saudi-Arabia og Qatar. Tyrkia og Qatar regnes som støttespiller for radikale islamistgrupper. Hvordan skal de kunne bidra til en moderat sunni-front?
The U.S. military has said it is planning to send more than 400 troops, including special operations forces, to train Syrian moderates at sites outside Syria as part of the fight against the Islamic State.
U.S. officials have said they plan to train about 5,000 Syrian fighters a year for three years under the plan. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as Turkey, have publicly offered to host training sites.
In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed an agreement with Ankara in principle.
«As we have announced before, Turkey has agreed to be one of the regional hosts for the train-and-equip program for moderate Syrian opposition forces. We expect to conclude and sign the agreement with Turkey soon,» Psaki told reporters.