The US and its allies have hired contractors to train some Syrian rebel brigades in chemical weapons security, Syria Deeply has exclusively learned from four diplomats, including one US official. The sources asked to remain anonymous, as they deal directly with developments in Syria. The training would mark a higher level of coordination between the US and armed opposition forces, working to secure Syria’s chemical arsenal during a period of political turmoil.
ARSAL, Lebanon — Thousands of Syrians refugees have been driven from town to town before ending up in Arsal, a dusty, rebel-friendly border town in Lebanon. Some are barred from returning home. Others are willing to risk it, to rejoin the battle against President Bashar al Assad.