The United State’s counter-terrorism policies have been criticized world over. The military has now found new way to counter the Islamic State in Syria. The ongoing civil war in the Syria has left thousands dead and homeless. The U.S. Department of Defense officials announced that the moderate faction of Syrian rebels would be paid monthly to fight with ISIS.
Moderate opposition to President Assad is very much eager to fight Islamic extremist. Other nations like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan and Qatar are also ready to train and deploy these forces. The implementation has begun with the training of 90 fighters recently. These rebels would be very useful in the campaign against ISIS as they have better knowledge of local terrain and enemy posts.
According to leadership position, rank, skill set and performance, these rebels have been paid between the range of $250 and $400 as a stipend, Navy Commander Elissa Smith from pentagon informed. By the end of this year, the military would train around 3,000 fighters and more 5,400 rebels will join them next year. The press reported that these fighters would act as more pragmatic and strong opposition to repressive regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Assad has been accused of using chemical weapon on the population.
The date of trained rebels entering into Syria hasn’t been made public due to security concerns. The response for the campaign has been massive with 6,000 Syrians opting to fight against ISIS. More 4,000 are also waiting for the approval. More than 200 people are undergoing the training and 1500 cleared preliminary screening.