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Issue #1585      March 13, 2013

Syrian insurgents’ training at “Assad’s citadel”

American, French and British instructors are providing training to Syrian rebels at a camp in the Jordanian desert. Observers say that this camp can be used as a bridgehead for the activities of US special troops in Syria.

The training camp is located to the north from the Jordan capital of Amman, Corriere Della Sera newspaper reports. It is a mock-up of “Assad’s citadel”. There are 67 buildings, an airport with a passenger liner, an embassy mock-up, roads, a take-off strip and a field firing range. There Western instructors teach the members of the Free Syrian Army how to fight with anti-tank fire systems, to conduct battles in city conditions, to make ambushes etc.

According to Le Figaro newspaper, the base in Jordan can be used not only as a training facility but also as a spring board for US servicemen from the Delta Force special unit. This unit is deployed not far from the Lebanese capital of Beirut and periodically conducts raids into Syrian territory under the veil of control over chemical weapons warehouses. But not all the experts believe that the camp in Jordan will be used as a bridgehead. According to independent military expert Anton Lavrov:

“It is more important as a training facility which enables the opposition to train hundreds and thousands of insurgents. If, as a last resort, Washington decides to interfere it has more opportunities for invasion rather than to do this only from that camp.”

The reports about the Western coalition’s intention to switch to invade Syria have become more frequent recently. But they are not more than a component of the information war, political analyst Stanislav Tarasov says.

Any new training camps for insurgents near the Syrian border don’t match the picture of the conflict’s peaceful settlement.

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